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TRIMMING WILD GROWTH

Mount Connection

Tuesday 7 November 2017

 
There was 600 metres of quite dense vegetation reclaiming the Mount Connection Track. One of the dominant plants was Bauera, typically with masses of wiry branches that  make it slow work to clear. However, since we acquired hedge trimmers the difference in what can be achieved on a day is amazing. One of these trimmers, together with safety gear, was purchased from a Wildcare grant.
 
Nevertheless, using the trimmers is hot and tiring work and we shared the load; albeit somewhat unevenly. The rest of the crew concentrated on the  bigger bushes and trees, plus the tidying up.
 
The track now looks great and it is now most pleasant to walk along.  Some tuning  remains as well as a short untouched section.
Track before


Track after work

 

Adrian using a hedge trimmer

 

Greg trimming

 

 
 
 
 
A photo album is online or click image below
Ben on the track
 

 

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Goat Hills October 2017

Nice Weather, Nice Country

Tuesday 3 October 2017
After some
indifferent weather over recent times it was so pleasant in Goat Hills today;
in fact, it wasn’t long before warm tops were being shed.  A patch of Erica that we previously ran out of
time to clear, remained to be removed. Once completed we moved over to a dry north
facing slope that had not previously been inspected.  Old Erica at various locations was found and
cut down and treated with herbicide. More remains to done and the range to be
checked expanded.  
Whist there
Adrian found signs of an old building with daffodils and a clump of Agapanthus. 

 

During
morning break, Rob Whittle from Glenorchy council told us about bushfire mitigation
plans and fire management for the various plant communities in the region. The
pack of chocolate coated biscuits that he brought along was also appreciated, and
we kept him talking until the packet was finished.
 

Site prior to work


Site after removing weeds 



   


Old building site


 

 

Close to the end

Inglewood
Tuesday 1 August 2017
 
What a delightful sunny winter day for being outdoors. Even though the work was under trees it was still pleasant.

Waiting for the call to return to work.  Greg K, Greg B, Nick, Gill, Michelle, Brian, Margaret (part hidden)  and Hillary
 
Site after work, note all the cut Gorse on the ground
Quite big inroads into the remaining Gorse on the south side of the Inglewood Fire Trail was made, leaving just one more session to reach the end. Work started in November 2012 for the 500 metre long site with the depth varying from 5 to 20 or more metres. The area covered is estimated to be 11,000 square metres.

Making inroads into the Gorse – view east

 

Morning coffee break,   Gill, Michelle, Brian, Margaret  and Hillary

 

Greg at work on cutting Gorse

More Photos at this link


To view the history of the various activities at this site click on this link




 

Fortune Returns

New Town

Tuesday 4 July 2017
 
At one stage we had a run of good fortune with bad weather only arriving after our work had finished and we back at the cars.  Today this luck returned and rain only started an hour afterwards.  The morning had been sunny followed later by a bit of cloud making for quitter pleasant conditions for working.
 
Rob, Peter and Greg on Erica patch  Photo from Michelle
 
 
As sometimes happens, what was thought to be a short job turned out to be much bigger.  The
cause was discovering a patch of Spanish heath, in fact a nursery of the nasty stuff.  It took a while but eventually the whole of the site was cleared. It was also noticed that some bushes seemed to have been browsed prior to the current year growth.
The area was previously cleared in July 2015.
 
 
 

ALMOST FINISHED

Devils Throne Reroute

Tuesday 20 June 2017
We had the day reserved for another task, but it got done the previous week, which left a free day to do a bit of refinement to the Devils Throne reroute. On the way both there and back we walked on the proposed route from Thark Ridge to the reroute start that avoids the unpleasant boulder field on the existing track.  The three of us concurred that is what a much better option. It took about 30 minutes, but if it was made into a track the time would be not be dissimilar to the existing track. More information on the proposed route is online.
 

Some additional trimming of low scrub was done and a considerable amount of rock work, both manoeuvring rocks to make passage easier and adding some to the softer bits of the new track. One short scree remains to be done and a short wet area where water drains off the moorland. 

A web site holds details on the Devils Throne site and the work that has gone on
there.
 
Close view of the rock work performed by Greg
 

No rush to restart work

Tuesday 6 June 2017

A few days prior the weather forecast looked a bit foreboding, but as the day drew closer things started to modify. It turned out to be fine, often sunny and generally quite pleasant.

The site has been worked over for some years and it was just small Spanish Heath plants to hand pull. Most tended to be confined to a number of spots rather than spread widely.

Right on the morning break, Harry from Glenorchy City arrived with a surprise of tasty pastries and muffins: Greatly appreciated and we found it easy to delay returning to work while there was still some remaining.

By the knockoff time we had swept through the whole site and removed all the weeds found. Although the threatened Epacris virgate was mostly looking to be battling it was good to find a healthy patch of yellow riceflower, Pimelea flava  subsp. flava; a reasonably rare plant for the area.  There is a record of a sighting here made in 2006.

 
 
 yellow riceflower, Pimelea flava  subsp.
flava

 

Morning break
 

IMPROVING THE WALKING EXPERIENCE

Devils Throne Reroute

Friday 2 June 2017
 
There had been enough days of milder weather to melt the snow from earlier in the week and it was decent enough day, with some sun. This was the fourth day at creating a new track to avoid the wet plain on the way to Devils Throne in Wellington Park. All the final 200 metres, left to be cleared at this event, was over solid rocky ground and included large flat rock making for easy
passage for walkers.
We were able to complete the task and also move a considerable number of nearby rocks into gaps.  The rocks make it both easier for walking and help define the route.
 
 
Greg and Adrian at the junction, the new track leads off behind them

 

Bruce and Nick lunching, Greg in foreground.
 
Over
the four days we have created a new route of 800 metres; which is quite a feat. The old wet and degraded crossing was 520 metres, but as the new route is more direct, some 175 metres of track became redundant. When this added in, the old track totalled roughly 700 metres making it not that dissimilar in distance to the new way; but of course, it is now ever so much more pleasant for walking.
 
 
New track through a thick section of vegetation
Route before  work

 

Same site as above after clearing
 
On the way  to and from the site it was most noticeable that the old track from Thark Ridge down was like a creek with water running rapidly.
Over the last 5 years the Wellington Park Bushcare Group has created   over 2 kilometres of completely new tracks in the park, replacing braided and degraded tracks.  This figure does not include existing tracks that have been cleared of overgrowing vegetation.