Arakoon (South West Rocks NSW)

Arakoon Bitou Bush Program

Arakoon (South West Rocks NSW)

Arakoon (South West Rocks NSW)

Adventure Conservation Adventure Conservation

Jenolan Caves Sycamore War

The Jenolan Caves Sycamore or maple control program involves volunteers spending a weekend at Jenolan Caves staying in Caves accommodation and treating Sycamore trees or maintainign sites cleared of other environmental weeds. Groups stay at Jenolan caves for a Saturday and Sunday spending 4 to 5 hour a day poisoning Sycamore trees. the rest of the time volunteers can do walks around the caves precinct and have a caves tour and BBQ Saturday evening. Accommodation, food and treating tools are provided. For more information

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Lord Howe Island Weed Program

Lord Howe Island covers an area of 1455 ha (11km long & up to 2.8km wide) and is situated about 760km north east of Sydney. A number of smaller offshore islands lie adjacent to main island which comprise the Lord Howe Island Group. The Island group is World Heritage Listed being renown for its unique beauty, ecological values and high level of species endemism. At least 47% of its vascular flora is endemic. The island also provides significant breeding habitat for sea birds and a number of nomadic & endemic land birds including the endangered Lord Howe Island Woodhen.
Weed invasions have been identified as a primary threat (as with rodents) to the integrity of the Islands ecology. The majority of weeds on LHI are fleshy fruited and are dispersed by birds. To achieve eradication requires a landscape/ Island wide approach to weed control.
Since 2004 the Lord Howe Island Board has been embarking on an ambitious strategy to eradicate key noxious and environmental weeds from across the entire Island. The weed management strategy has been funded through the Lord Howe Island Board with significant resourcing from Federal & State Government Agencies. The combination of financial contributions from the LHI Board and Government has enacted the primary control of woody weeds from at least 80% of the island and the follow-up of weed blocks across 40% of the island.

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Muogamarra and Marramarra National Park Bushcare

Located in the northern end of Muogamarra Nature Reserve, Peats Crater and Peats Bight were cleared and grazed from the 1840's to the mid 1900's. The fertile volcanic soils have since been home to several exotic plant species competing with the naturally regenerating landscape. Join us for a fun and productive day tackling these weedy pockets in the other-wise healthy and diverse Muogamarra.
The activities at Peats bight start with a boat trip from Deerubbin Reserve (Mooney Mooney boat ramp) and the Peats Creater start at Cown Station with a 4WD and walk to the crater. For more infomation

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Pittwater Estuary Care

The Pittwater Estuary Care program involves volunteers spending a weekend at Pittwater Youth Hostel and doing work on a one of the weed sites in Pittwater.

Volunteer for two mornings bush regeneration and receive:
• Free accommodation
• 2 evening meals, 2 BBQ lunches, 2 morning teas
• Free use of kayaks
• Walks & talks on local & natural history

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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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