Far East Gippsland Track Clearing with Parks Vic
Date and time: 9:00 am Saturday, October 19, 2019
Description: We will again be assisting Parks Victoria Rangers with track clearing and track assessments. Tracks will be within the Snowy Rover NP, Errinundra NP and Alpine NPs. We will be travelling in remote mountains and bush with Parks Vic Rangers. This is a marvellous opportunity to experience some remote corners of Gippsland, assist Parks Vic and learn about how the bush is managed.
Dinner on Saturday night will be hosted by Parks Vic.
Trip run in conjunction with the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria and the Pajero 4WD Club.
There will be three groups.
One group will meet at the McKillops bridge campground on Friday night for a 9.00 am Saturday morning briefing tackling the northern Snowy River NP
The second group will meet at the Goongerah campground on Friday night , located on the road to the Errinundra NP for a 9.00 am briefing Saturday morning to tackle the Errinundra NP.
The third group will camp at Orbost on the Friday night and drive up to the Yalmy/Deddick Trail intersection in he morning for a 9.00am briefing Saturday morning to tackle the southern Snowy River NP. Those in the second group can camp at Orbost with the third group on Friday night and drive up to the Goongerah campground in the morning.
No pets as we will be travelling in National Parks. No Trailers permitted.
Accommodation: All groups will be bush camping on the Saturday night at McKillops Bridge. Friday night your choice depending on your preferred meeting place.
Weather: We have had wet weather and snow in the past, so please bring clothing and camping gear suitable for the conditions.
Equipment: Vehicles need to have low range 4WD capability with good all-terrain tyres and UHF radio equipped (or one borrowed from the club). Usual recovery gear should be carried.
Additional Equipment required: Camping gear, food and water for the weekend. . Clothing for wet and cold conditions. Saturday night dinner to be catered for by Parks Vic.
Leather gloves, saws, crowbar, shovel and drag chain
If you have completed the Chainsaw Training Course please bring your chainsaw together with all safety equipment including chaps, steel toe capped boots, helmet, goggles and ear muffs. Vehicles with winches encouraged although not compulsory. People required with chainsaws as well as those to clear timber from the tracks. If you are not qualified, but have extensive experience then the use of the chainsaw can occur under the direction of a Park Ranger or an accredited chainsaw trainer.
Trip Standard: Tracks medium rated with possible hard sections.
Fuel: A full tank ex Orbost or Buchan
Distance: 250km to Orbost
Convoy limit: 10 vehicles
Meeting Arrangements: Meeting places are to be advised but usually 08:00 am at either Orbost, Goongerah Camp Ground or McKillops Bridge Camp Ground
Maximum Vehicles: 10
Trip Leader: John and Prue Hasler. Ph 0439 890 688 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
POST TRIP REPORT
Day 1- 9 vehicles - 6 RRCV , 2 LROC and I Parks Ranger. I RRCV vehicle with another group. Left Goongerah campground at 0900 after safety briefing and travelled up forest 2WD roads clearing trees on BA Rd, Errinundra Rd, Gap Rd, Gunmark Rd, Coast Range Rd only in part due large tree across road requiring 30t excavator, Hensleigh Creek Rd, Goonmirk Rocks Rd, Survey Rd and then to Deddick for overnight camping at Partks Rangers depot, arriving 1730. Cleared approx. 20 trees. All roads in the Errinundra NP
Day2 - 6 RRCV vehicles. Left Deddick at 0830 and travelled along Mc Killops Bridge west east to and up Rosendale Tk, Tingaring Tk, Laurie Tk and returned to Tingaringy Tk west and south back to Mc Killops Bridge Rd and then home. Left for home at 1230.No trees required clearing. Steep and rocks tracks. Would be difficult in wet conditions due clay surface on steep portions. Tracks were in the Alpine NP
Most road and tracks travelled were seasonally closed and seasonally closed tracks were then opened up after tree clearing.