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14 Nov 2008
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Willows out of Wollemi The main aim of this project was to remove invasive willows from the Colo River which flows for approximately 60 kms through the rugged Wollemi Wilderness. Friends of the Colo, a volunteer group have been working since 2000 to remove these willows and other significant weeds from the Colo River and its catchment. This catchment includes both the Wolgan and Capertee Rivers and much of the Wollemi National Park. It is a major part of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River catchment. Work has been carried out on both public and private land with the co-operation of many landholders, both upstream and downstream of the National Park. This will help maintain the Wollemi National Park, the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and the amenity and scenic attractions of the surrounding areas and communities. In carrying out their activities members of Friends of the Colo have developed a range of skills and techniques for tackling weed problems in remote areas or places with difficult access. Friends of the Colo volunteers have started two other groups to utilise these skills and the equipment they have purchased through Friends of the Colo. These are:

Willow Warriors, who are doing whitewater paddling across South East NSW to both map willows and treat invasive willow species to protect areas of high conservation value. Locations where they are active include the Grose River, Nepean River and Clarks Island, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Shoalhaven, Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. For more information visit their web site: www.willowwarriors.org.au or contact them by Email: willowwarriors@optusnet.com.au or by phone: 0418 210 347

SPRATS, who have developed a program to treat a weed called Sea Spurge along the South West coast of Tasmania. This involves small teams of self-reliant bushwalkers in walks of up to 14 days. Sea Spurge threatens this coast and the Tasmanian World Heritage Area in a variety of ways. It seeds prolifically and the seed is viable for a long period, either in the sand or in salt water. For more information visit www.wildcaretas.org.au , click on the Groups Tab and then scroll down to find Wildcare SPRATS. Alternatively, email Andy Macqueen andymacqueen@internode.on.net


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