A Vigorous Native – Mount Connection Track

8 March 2016

Part of the now cleared track

For quite a number of years the track near the headwaters of Mountain River has been in need of trimming. The track leads to Mount Connection in Wellington Park and the Bauera, a vigorous native plant, has bit by bit been reclaiming ground and making walkers clothing wet whenever there had been dew or rain.  After a day of work there is now a much wider gap for the first 200 metres through.


The group was able to purchase a petrol driven hedge trimmer and after going through the necessary processes with PWS we were able to trial it this track which was ideal for the purpose. We were very pleased with results and a great deal more track length was cleared than would have been possible with just manual hand tools.  The only negative was the need to carry the extra weight of the trimmer, fuel and protective gear, so we have resolved to try to arrange transport with PWS closer to the work in future.

Adrian at start of section and on right after the work has been completed
 
Below is part of the track prior to the work
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Hard to completely beat–McRobies Gully

Within the bush in McRobies Gully lies a few spots that were smothered in Erica or Broom and we first worked on them in 2006.

One location was within the area of a management burn in Spring 2015 and amazingly almost everything but a patch of Erica had been burnt. It proved to be a bigger task than imaged because it comprised a lot of small stemmed plants packed closely together.

It was a good turnout which enable the area to be cleared before enjoying coffee and tasty Danish pastries courtesy of the City of Hobart Bushcare.

Morning break pastries

Morning tea pastries from Hobart Bushcare

Below us an area of Erica which was cleared between 2006 and 2009 and some seedling had recently been noticed after several years free of any signs. On closer inspection there were many more than thought and it seems that the last year may have been very conducive for the seeds in the soil to sprout. Beyond is a location that had huge volumes of Broom and even here a number of quite small plants were spotted, after 5 years free of them. No wonder they are hard to beat.

A patch of small plants that could all be easily pulled out with  Gill, Sue and John.  At site 1144AG

Whilst there the builders of a new bike track were working quite close and we able to view some of the construction. The track departs from the lower McRobies fire trail and heads down towards the tip where it will then go up to New Town Track.

Jean and John were planning to join us part way through the morning and even saw us working from the distance, but we had moved by the time they arrived and were unable to find us. No we didn’t hide from them.

Our final task was an area closer to the Main Fire Trail where some Erica was known to be present. When we worked downwards at the bush edge some quite old large plants were encountered and most will have to wait for another occasion.

Lunch at Old Farm Rd, Greg, Ted, Rob,John, Allison, Sue, Gill, Kevin, Bronwyn and Chris.

Lunch at Old Farm Rd

An album is online with all photos from the day.  It includes some photos at the marker pole for N,S,E & W directions