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Conservation Overview

Walkers at shoe cleaning station. New tree planting.

Many club members have an active interest in their bushland surroundings. Bird-watching, tree, shrub and flower identification, geology and natural history are all very much encouraged. Protecting our bushland for future bushwalkers is also very important to us.

The Melbourne Bushwalkers Inc as a Club, and indeed many of our members in their own right, support the following conservation agencies:

Conservation Activities

Walkers participate in tree planting activities.

Melbourne Bushwalkers supports the conservation projects of Bushwalking Victoria. We participate in fun and friendly track maintenance and conservation activities on a regular basis and assist park rangers in the Alpine National Park, Grampians National Park, Wilson’s Promontory National Park, and other locations.

Interested members can register to receive updates from BTAC (Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation). BTAC is a standing committee of Bushwalking Victoria that concentrates on tracks and trails strategy and organises volunteer fieldwork opportunities. More information at www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au

We also support the Regent Honeyeater Project in the Lurg Hills near Glenrowan through participation in nest box survey and tree planting activities.

Conservation Issues

Cows in a National Park.

No more Cows in the Alpine National Park

After a protracted political battle, on 5 May 2015 definitive legislation was finally passed in the Upper House of Victoria’s Parliament. Now, no future government can introduce cattle into the Alpine National Park under the guise of a “scientific study”.

Great Forest National Park

There is a campaign underway to create a new national park to protect the forests of the Yarra Ranges and Central Highlands, the home of Victoria’s famous Mountain Ash trees and native fauna, including the endangered Leadbeater’s possum. More details about this and other conservation issues at www.vnpa.org.au

Guidance for Bushwalkers - Minimum Impact

Walkers at a shoe cleaning station to reduce the spread of Phytophthora.

Melbourne Bushwalkers members practice minimum impact bushwalking in all their activities and encourage all walkers and visitors to follow these important guidelines.

The Minimum Impact Bushwalking motto states:

"Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints."

This means all walkers must:

Particular attention should be given to the minimisation of the spread of phytophthora fungus. Boot soles should be thoroughly cleaned and sprayed with methylated spirits solution.

For further information and guidance walkers should also refer to Bushwalking Victoria's Conservation Policy and their "Tread Softly - minimum impact" leaflet.

Guidance for Bushwalkers - Camp Fire Policy

Enjoying a campfire in a safe fireplace.

Melbourne Bushwalkers recognises that campfires are part of the outdoor experience. Used responsibly they can be useful for cooking, for keeping warm and for socialising. However the need to minimise the impact of bushwalking activities, particularly in sensitive or heavily used areas, means that campfires must be treated as a privilege rather than as a right. The purpose of this policy is to enable all of us to enjoy a campfire, where it is appropriate, while maintaining respect for the bush.

Our Policy is:

'Fuel stove only' walking areas have been designated to minimise the potential impact of fire and these include:- Mt Bogong, Mt Feathertop, the Baw Baw plateau, within one kilometre of Lake Tali Karng, Wilsons Promontory National Park and above 1700 metres in the Kosciuszko National Park (NSW).

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Sugar Gliders nesting in a new home.
Sugar Gliders nesting in a new home provided by the Regent Honey Eater Project.
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Enjoying an open fire in a safe way.
Enjoying an open fire in a safe way.
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Walkers prepared for a day of track clearing.
Walkers prepared for a day of track clearing.
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Walkers at a shoe cleaning station to reduce the spread of Phytophthora.
Walkers at a shoe cleaning station to reduce the spread of Phytophthora.