November 9th – 11th 2018
· Arrive Friday 9th November 2018
· Induction and work Saturday 10th November 2018
· Half day work, debrief and pack up Sunday 11th of November 2018
Parks Victoria is calling on volunteers to assist in dispersing two biological control agents to help control English Broom, by collecting and relocating them to release sites within the Alpine National Park.
English broom is a perennial shrub of the pea family which can form dense thickets and exclude desirable native species. It has invaded approximately 150,000 ha of Victoria and is yet to reach maximum habitat potential. Biological control can reduce the vigor and spread of target species with minimal labor inputs. Two English broom biocontrol agents which can weaken the health and reproductive capacity of broom plants have been successfully introduced in the Eastern Alps: the seed-feeding beetle and gall mites.
Where? Staying at Glen Wills Retreat 50 kilometres North of Omeo via the Omeo Highway. If you prefer to camp you can bring along your tent and pitch it in the back yard.
What? Participants will collect biocontrol agents from ‘nursery’ sites near camp and then navigate to release sites within the Alpine National Park as directed by Parks Victoria Staff. Participants are invited to utilise their personal 4WD vehicles to shuttle volunteers and biocontrol agents to release sites.
What will Parks Vic supply? Dinner Friday and Saturday nights. Pizza’s Friday night and BBQ Saturday night. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Tools for collecting biocontrol agents. Shared accommodation at Glen Wills retreat.
What should participants bring? Bedding, camping equipment if wanting to camp, lunch for Saturday and Sunday plus drinks.
If you would like to attend please register as a volunteer on Parkconnect www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au