Arakoon (South West Rocks NSW)

Arakoon Bitou Bush Program

Arakoon (South West Rocks NSW)

Arakoon (South West Rocks NSW)

Adventure Conservation Adventure Conservation

Tasmania Wilderness Sea Spurge Program - SPRATS

SPRATS (Sea Spurge Remote Area Teams) is a volunteer group and part of Wildcare Incorporated, a Tasmanian environmental organisation. SPRATS was formed after an encouraging pilot program in early 2007 conducted in response to the Tasmanian Beach Weeds Strategy 2003. SPRATS aims to establish and maintain an eradication zone for sea spurge (Euphorbia paralias) and marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) along the southwest and southern wilderness coastline of Tasmania—some 600 kilometres of coast from Macquarie Harbour, to Cockle Creek south of Hobart.

Wildcare SPRATS is at the forefront of creating and consolidating a new volunteer ethos of “adventure conservation” to tackle conservation issues in places where they are not efficiently managed by traditional agency implemented programs. This community partnership has generated real benefits for wilderness conservation and provides fulfillment and fun for volunteers. ….we concentrate on getting the work done but work hard at having a good time.

The coastal weed eradication objective is set at a landscape scale and so must operate over the long term and is logistically complex. SPRATS are self governing and self reliant, and have recruited the necessary skills to its ranks. SPRATS have documented a ten year strategy and operate each year under an annual plan. Volunteer risk is managed through careful participant selection, the use of specialised communications equipment, formal safety analyses and briefings and post deployment debriefing. Operational data is collected and analysed to improve future efforts.

Wildcare SPRATS work in partnership with a number of Government and community organizations, and are now preparing to implement year six of the ten year plan. Logistics costs to enable volunteers to work in remote country are covered by Australian Government grants and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service operational funds.

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Willow Monitoring Program

Willow Warriors started the Invasive Willow Monitoring program in 2006 with a program to map willows by taxa along sections of the following rivers in south east New South Wales.

These rivers included the: Colo River, Grose River, Macdonald River, Hawkesbury River, Nepean River, Cattai Creek, Webbs Creek, Wingecarribee River, Wollondilly River, Murrumbidgee River, Goodradigbee River, Goobarragandra River, Tumut River, Eucumbene River, Clyde River, Deua River, Tuross River, Shoalhaven River and Indi River

The invasive Willow monitoring program involves single day rafting and kayaing activities near Sydney and Canberra and overnight or multiday trips either camping along the river or car camping at access points to look for and treat seeding willows growing into view before they produce new seed locally.

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Wombeyan Caves Weed Whacking

The volunteers based weed control program at Wombeyan caves started in 2010. Volunteers stay in the accommodation at wombeyan caves for a weekend and spend about 4 hours each day removing cold-climate weeds such as blackberry, English ivy, honeysuckle and cotoneaster . All food and accommodation is provided and the group has a caves tour and have a BBQ on Saturday night. For information about this years program

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