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
 
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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.
 

Damp Bush – Goat Hills

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Goat Hills
Although the work was cancelled because of the weather
prevailing on the morning, some activities went ahead in lieu.  Harry from Glenorchy City wanted to survey a
site in Goat Hills to assess how much work would be involved in clearing the
Erica remaining.
 
When I arrived, there was a new volunteer, Chris, was
waiting.  It transpired that the Wildcare
booking system had stopped sending advisory emails to the group and so I was
unaware that he would be there.  Wildcare
has been told about the problem and hopefully the system has now been rectified.
 
From the time, we started up the fire trail the weather
turned fine and there were sunny periods. It is always a quandary with the
weather, but a decision on cancelling had to be made by 7:30 am, but the bush remained
quite wet which is not ideal conditions for working in.
 

 

Back to the survey, the area has patches of Erica of differing
concentrations and covers some 1.3 hectares.  With luck a contractor can be organised to do
the work over the next few months.
 

Almost Half Way Devils Throne Reroute

 

Wednesday 12 April 2017
 
 
On the day prior to the scheduled work we learnt that Pinnacle Road may be closed until 10 AM,
because of helicopter shuttling track materials.  By late afternoon notice was received that
the road would in fact be open, so the work was able to go ahead.


Peter clearing vegetation

 

 

The previous day’s rain was still sitting on the bushes as low cloud cover didn’t permit
dispersal. Sun did eventually arrive and it became a very pleasant day.  Initially the best route had to be selected before the clearing work could commence.  Progress was good especially considering that
quite a bit of the work involved cutting dense low vegetation and 165 metres of new track was done. This brings our overall length cut to 310 metres leaving 450 metres to go. 
The group

 

Some Extra Help – Main Fire Trail Old Farm Area

Tuesday 4 April 2017

For this working bee we had staff from a section of UTAS as part of a Health & Wellbeing program and they were an enthusiastic, hard working group and their efforts most appreciated.

UTAS staff ona volunteer a day program with WPBG members



A large patch of Erica just below the Main Fire trail not far from Old Farm Road was tackled and a considerable area was cleared.  The Erica, known as Spanish Heath, was in the majority of cases large and several years old.  It was growing alongside Bracken and a variety of native plants.



The land worked on is within Wellington Park and we hope that through our action we can encourage TasNetworks to give a higher priority to the part that is outside the park.





A photo album is online, which includes some taken by Michelle from Hobart Bushcare




Photos above are of site A before and after
Photos above are of site B before and after
Photos above are at site D before and after

 

A well-earned break – Inglewood

Tuesday 7 March 2017

In what was ideal; weather a large patch of tall Gorse was tackled at the edge of Inglewood Fire Trail and the result was a very pleasing area cleared of the menace. Some seedlings were noticed from our last venture to this location in 2015.
 

Morning break was  cool enough to be pleasant in the sun and made more enjoyable courtesy of the Hobart Bushcare pastries and cake brought along by Michelle from the Summer Kitchen bakery of Ranelagh.

 
Top is site with large Gorse bushes and below after it was cleared
Morning break in the sun.
 

Details of working bees