Protecting Mt Roland Regional Reserve and Cradle Mt WHA from weed invasion 2013-15

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Mt Roland Reserve Weed Map 2014

A number of invasive weeds have been identified at sites to the north of Mt Roland Reserve. In addition, there is a major weeds hot spot at Gowrie Park - an area of key tourist visitation and the site of a past Hydro construction village. This is spread over multiple properties & public land and weeds here are at a saturation point. Montpelier Broom, Gorse, Spanish Heath & now a newly identified weed Kunzea ericoides is spilling over onto adjacent reserves and spreading along roadside verges up to 5km away. Each of these weeds spreads primarily by producing highly mobile seeds.

The threat to the immediately adjacent and iconic Mt Roland Regional Reserve is significant, and there is also a real threat that these weeds will be unknowingly spread into the World Heritage Cradle Mt National Park, just thirty minutes drive away, and often the next stop for the many tourists who stay overnight at either Gowrie Park or O’Neill’s Creek.

Mt Roland Rivercare has undertaken some containment & weed mapping activities already along with some stakeholders. (McCoys Road, Kings Road, Perkins Road, Wildlife Road, Rysavy Road, O'Neills Road, Claude Road, Olivers Road, etc). The weed mapping forms the basis of weed control works undertaken to the north of Mt Roland Reserve, and for a containment line around the main infestation at the heart of Gowrie Park village and underpins a strategic approach towards the ongoing weed management in conjunction with each of the property owners/stakeholders.

The start of the walking track to Mt Roland - before and after weed control works.

Stage 1 of the project (2013/14) is the completion of the weed mapping tasks, including the area to the south of Mt. Roland Reserve. It will also encourage and coordinate stakeholder involvement, undertake control of outlying infestations outside the containment line and conduct awareness raising initiatives.

Stage 2 of the project (2014/15) includes weed control work to consolidate and shrink the containment line as well as to develop MOUs with main stakeholders for ongoing weed management.

The project is being funded by Landcare Tasmania with partner the Private Land and Conservation Program (DPIPWE) through funding form the Australian Government's Biodiversity Fund.