National Parks and Wildlife Service are calling for all hands on deck this autumn to help remove environmental weeds from Barrington Tops National Park.

A happy and productive team after a weeding session at Barrington Tops. You too can dress up like this for a day out.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Bush Regeneration & Volunteering Officer Boyd Carney said the Carters Road Wildfire, which impacted the southern end of the Barrington Plateau had cleared the way for environmental weeds, like Scotch Broom, to thrive.

More than 4000 hectares of the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area on the Barrington Tops was impacted by the “Black Summer” bushfires.

With the fire damaging or destroying swathes of native vegetation, and stimulating seed germination, Scotch Broom has sprung up across the park, out-competing our precious native plants in some areas.

We’re seeking volunteers to help us ‘nip this in the bud’. By physically removing the weeds, we can prevent them from spreading and setting seed.

This will help the Tops to recover by creating space for native plants to regrow and flourish, and providing expanded, healthy habitat for native fauna, like the Broad-toothed rat, and the Spotted-tailed Quoll,” said Mr Carney.

Supplementing its annual program and using funding from the Saving our Species program, Hunter Local Land Services and the Commonwealth Bushfire Recovery grants, NPWS treated 700 hectares of mature scotch broom in 2020. Another 700 hectares are planned for treatment before July 2021.

We have six volunteer working bees planned for the coming months,” said Mr Carney.

Over two days, volunteers will be helping us to cut unburnt mature broom plants and emerging seedlings around Junction Pools and Edwards Swamp.

Volunteers are invited to camp for free at Little Murray Campground the night before their working bee, or to stay the night after the activity, to help manage fatigue and to give you more time to enjoy the Barrington Tops National Park.

We’re seeking 30 volunteers for each working bee, so if you’re interested in getting your hands dirty and helping the Tops to recover, book your spot on our website,” said Mr Carney.

Interested individuals should register for a spot via the NPWS Volunteer Information Portal (VIP): www.app.betterimpact.com

NPWS will supply tools and safety equipment for broom control works.

This project has been supported by Hunter LLS through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the NSW State Government’s bushfire response programs.

Treated noxious weed Scotch Broom at Barrington Tops.

LINKS TO WORKING BEES:

Barrington Tops Post Fire Scotch Broom Control Working Bee – 25th-26th Feb 2021

Barrington Tops Post Fire Scotch Broom Working Bee – 27th-28th Feb 2021

Barrington Tops Post Fire Scotch Broom Working Bee – 25th-26th March 2021

Barrington Tops Post Fire Scotch Broom Working Bee – 27th-28th March 2021

Barrington Tops Post Fire Scotch Broom Working Bee – 29th – 30th April 2021

Barrington Tops Post Fire Scotch Broom Working Bee – 1st – 2nd May 2021

 

Wallingat National Park’s road and fire trail network to be upgraded

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is upgrading the public road and management trail network within Wallingat National Park, to improve park access for firefighters and land managers and ensure they can conduct their work safely and effectively.

Tip to Tail trail Wallingat National Park. Photo credit John SpencerDPIE

NPWS Area Manager Stephen Smith said the upgrades will ensure fire trails meet strict safety requirements, with an added benefit of improving public access to the park and its associated facilities.

The upgrades will involve the replacement of timber bridges with more durable and fire-resistant materials, improved drainage, trail surface works and installation of turnaround and passing bays,” said Mr Smith.

Visitors will also benefit from these works with improved road surfaces and passing bays making it easier and safer to access the park’s campground, lookout, walking and riding trails.

We expect these significant works will take around four months to complete, so the park will be closed from Monday 8th March until Wednesday 30th June, subject to weather conditions.

We ask that all visitors check the NPWS website for updates on the temporary closure and adhere to the warning signs in place at Wallingat,” said Mr Smith.

The works in Wallingat National Parks are part of the NSW government’s funding of $125.9 million over 4 years to upgrade and maintain the NPWS fire trail network, which is vital for fire prevention and control.

For updates on the temporary closure, visit: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au or call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area office on (02) 6591 0300.