Watching out for Wild Willows
Thursday 8 May, 2014
Autumn is a great time for colourful tree spotting, which is why Parks Victoria is urging people to keep an eye out for bright coloured leaves in places where they shouldn’t be.
Parks staff have been waging a war against willows along the King and Howqua Rivers in the Alpine National Park for the past ten years.
Along with Goulburn / Broken and North East Catchment Management Authorities, Parks staff and contractors have spent hundreds of hours removing willows from the banks and surrounding areas along the two waterways and their tributaries.
"It would be nice to think that we have finally got rid of all the willows along these rivers," says local Park Ranger Annie Leschen, "But we feel a few rogue plants might still be out there."
"So, if you are out enjoying a spot of fishing or walking in the area over the next month or so, keep an eye out for bright yellow leaves that look out of place."
"We are really keen to keep the King and Howqua Rivers free of willows", says Annie, "If anyone spots one, just take note of where it is and contact us at the Parks Office."
We’ll make sure we get out there and get rid of it. I can’t say that there’ll be a reward for reporting a wild willow, but feeling warm and fuzzy about doing it will feel pretty good, I reckon!"
Contact the Parks Victoria Mansfield Office on 13 1963.
30 Aug 2014 8:00am-9:00am
parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the park.
31 Aug 2014 9:30am-10:20am
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1 Sep 2014 8:30am - 4 Sep 2014 5:30pm
We will take you behind the scenes on this exclusive, small group adventure as you work alongside a Parks Victoria Ranger to 'track and protect' the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogales, which are on Victoria's threatened species list. You will sample some of the region's best wines, see ancient Aboriginal rock art…
2 Sep 2014 10:00am-11:00am
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