A group of 29 Melbourne University Forestry students visited the Northern United Forestry Group experimental plantation at Kamerooka. After partaking of a sumptuous lunch they were given a guided tour of the plantation by our resident hydrologist, Mr Phil Dyson. The Saltbush planting, climate monitoring site, remote data logging of water levels, and tree data recording were visited. The students responded with an interesting, and challenging range of questions, resulting in a mutually informative afternoon.
The weekend is to commence at 7pm on Friday 30th September, with gates to unpowered camping sites alongside the Davies Homestead, Kow Swamp Road open no later than 4pm to give campers lots of time to set up camp, register, look at displays and have dinner. Portable toilets will be on-site. Participants will need to supply their own food and drinking water. Tea and coffee is to be provided.
Orchids and reptiles
Following welcoming speeches, Julie Whitfield is to give a presentation on orchids of the area and Parks Victoria ranger Mark Tscharke is to give a presentation on reptiles of the area. The talks are to be followed by a night spotlighting survey.
Birds, barbed wire and a shanty
For those keen to observe some of the Park’s many birds, Simon Starr is to lead a bird walk from 7.30am on the morning of Saturday 1st October. From 9am participants will be able to take part in one of several work bees (e.g. to demolish and remove an illegal, abandoned shelter or to remove barbed wire) or enjoy a nature walk around Mitiamo Rock (Mt. Terrick Terrick) with Eris O’Brien and Keith Stockwell.
Wildflowers and football
After lunch on Saturday, a botanist is to lead a wildflower walk on nearby grasslands. Participants can then return to the camp-site to watch the AFL Grand Final or stay on the grassland to help remove Gazanias. Afternoon tea is to be served at half time during the final. Alternatively, participants can spend the afternoon helping with such tasks as barbed-wire removal.
AGM and keynote speaker
The group’s Annual general Meeting is to take place in the machinery shed from 7pm. The AGM is to be followed by keynote speaker John Forbes. The Forbes family has lived in the area for many generations and John was recently honoured by a testimonial dinner in Melbourne. Following John’s talk, there is another opportunity to take part in a night-time wildlife survey on nearby grasslands.
Tree planting and bus tour
On Sunday morning, helpers are needed to plant some trees and shrubs. Later in the morning there is to be a bus tour to some nearby reserved land. The weekend draws to a close at lunchtime.
Those who have not been to the Park before might like to spend some time driving around and exploring parts of the Park. There are always interesting areas to discover!
Come along and enjoy the weekend!