Looking Good

Goat Hills May 2019

Tuesday 7 May 2019

The area had no been visited since July 2018, and fortunately the volume of new Spanish Heath plants and those previously overlooked was not daunting. Quite a number the larger plants were spotted growing with saggs that had now grown high enough to be seen.  

An area of about 4 hectares was scanned and all Spanish Heath located, which were mostly small, removed.  We believe that the area is again clear.  It is hoped that Transend do not leave the land under the nearby power lines too long before it is next treated, as this is an area that can be a source for reinfesting the area FOWP look after.

Party at morning break base
Ian and Greg busy in the Saggs area    – photo from Carl Gallagher of GCC

An area above Goat Fire Trail was spotted with some seedlings which were removed.  The area to the west will be on the agenda for July,

There are more photos here.

 

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Old Farm – Main Fire Trail

Tuesday 2 April 2019

It was a mild sunny day which was good because it meant the bushes were dry and there was pleasant warmth for the morning tea pot on by the city of Hobart

Very large Gorse bushes were discovered and that kept part of the group busy, whilst the remainder concentrated on clearing Erica. There are still more of both to do on another occasion.

Greg and  patch A not  yet cleared
 
Patch A now done
At the bottom of the slope there is a dense  patch of Erica that would best be tackled with spray beyond that is a lot on cascade land and it is hoped that Tasnetworks or cascade will be persuaded to undertake the work of removing it.
More photos are at the FOWP photo album site

 

 

Fixing a Long Standing Problem

Lost World Track.

Tuesday 5 March 2019

The start near the road at Big Bend crosses a soakage that is the headwaters to New Town Rivulet. It is usually wet and a little boggy for much of the year. The work was to install stepping stones to make it better walkers.

The project was a conducted with the City of Hobart  who provided equipment and  skilled personnel. The length of section is about 25 metres and most of the rock was able to be delivered to the site rather than sourced from the site.

Almost finished Lost World
This is what the mud looked like at start of Lost World Track Jan 2019

Rocks used were all quite large and designed to be mostly below ground level. At times when a lot of water is present it is expected that water may be above the top of the rocks, but will still provide a solid base for people to step on.  It is not intended to provide dry boot standard of track. As well as improving walker access the section will better protect the vegetation that currently is taking a battering.

Follow up checks will be made to monitor the expected improvements in condition of the location.

 

The Wet Area Completed

South Wellington Jan 2019

14 January 2019

The last 4-5 metres of track was hardened completing a 20 metre section tat had been degraded.  The area becomes wet with puddles of water for lengthy periods of the year and this has resulted in much braiding and damage to vegetation.

The rocks used were generally quite large and the three track members from City of Hobart along with Greg were needed to carry each rock, with the aid of a stretcher.

A large rock on the way to the track
Lindsay, Jerram and Greg  –  Travers hidden

 

Lindsay and Greg inspecting finished work, Travers in background

Some photos were taken and the location of each recorded so that over time the spots can be revisited, and condition of the ground compared.  Hopefully if walkers stick to the hardened track it should start to show improvements within 12 months.

Large rocks inserted last month view north
These rocks were placed last month see the photo below

 

This is the same location in December

 
Quite a number of walkers went past, and it was good to see that most were reasonably young

 

Getting Closer to the Devil

 

Devils Throne Track

Tuesday 8 January 2019

This is one of the harder assignments we undertake, simply because it is a 2 hour walk to get there. And the more we cut the further away it becomes.

 

It was a warm day but not uncomfortably so, and we managed to clear about 230 metres of track. Much of it was quite thickly overgrown, including sections where the track was almost obliterated, and you had to push through the vegetation.

Lunch break was kept to the minimum time needed, not because we were overzealous but due to the hordes of March flies.

A group from Pandani walking club came through and most said how pleased they were about the work being done to clear the track. They seemed very grateful.

We still have a few hundred metres to go before reaching Devils Throne.

 

Hidden track before work start of a very thick section

 

The track is revealed

 

The bush on either side gives and idea how dense the vegetation was encroaching

 

View to Collins Bonnet from the rerouted part of the track that formerly crossed a very wet section on the plain

 

 

First Timers

 

South Wellington

Monday 17 December 2018

This was our first venture with the city of Hobart tracks team. It had been postponed from earlier in the month, but the weather was still not ideal, with rain in the morning but it was just thick mist by the time we arrived at the summit kunanyi Mount Wellington. The work involved rocking a boggy 20 m section of the South Wellington track.

At lunch time, to our surprise, drizzle commenced but the COH track team returned to work undeterred, so we felt we had better stay the distance. The track team were mighty impressive and were able to move large rocks to the site and skillfully place them in the track, ably joined by Greg in this pursuit.

 

We learnt quite a bit more about track work from the day.

Most of the hardening got done, but some remains and another day will be scheduled to complete the task. 

Even in the conditions that prevailed, the flora was still quite colourful with plenty of Epacris (e serpyllifolia) out. 

Maneuvering a rock into position .  Ben, Jerram and Greg

 

Wet area with some rocks already added

A follow up photo was planned but in the conditions when we finished I didn’t feel inclined.




More details on the South Wellington site can be found on this webpage

Easier and Closer Option

Tuesday 6 November 2018

 

With the weather forecast not looking ideal and showers showing up on the radar to the south west, it was decided to just confine ourselves to clearing some vegetation and making minor repairs on the Thark Ridge track. The original destination of Devils Throne required an hour and a half just to walk there and of course the same back and at least on Thark Ridge it wasn’t so far to the cars if it did rain.

 

After an  earlier dry spell, recent rains had softened the track up and provided an indication of  a few spots needing some repair work. At one of these, which was just a short wet length, we put some rocks in, but our main effort was clearing vegetation from the Thark saddle and then upon to the higher ground further to the south.  The vegetation had grown quite substantially and in some sections yellow bush particularly completely blocked out the track.

These yellow bushes (Orites acicularis) had almost completely closed over the track

 

 

Now cut through, Greg and Scott

 

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A light shower developed about midday and we opted to have lunch in case it got worse but it did clear and we resumed work on the track for about an hour. .
Section where the original track was overgrown and walkers have made a direct line pad. Rather than attempt to close we hardened it and accepted it as the track.

 

Rocks being added to the section
 
 

 

Details of working bees