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Macleod Morass Canoe Paddle Friday 11 November

Parks Victoria Ranger in Charge of the Bairnsdale area Jeremy Tscharke expressed how pleased he was with the turn out, and was amazed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guide Jim Reside. The Macleod Morass is an exciting and diverse freshwater environment. Community field trips such as this one help the public to better understand the values that Parks Victoria work to preserve.

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National Tree Day Planting Sunday 2 August

FOGL members will again be involved in planting on Crown Land south side of the Mitchell River on the Silt Jetties.
Go >> here for all the details

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Hog Deer Management Strategy

Hog Deer in Kangaroo habitatHog deer are of interest to FOGL as these introduced animals enjoy protected wildlife status and graze freely doing inestimable damage within public Parks & Reserves around the Gippsland Lakes. Their management is inefficient and is not consistent with existing DSE standards.

DSE has released a draft Hog Deer Management Strategy, as part of the Victorian Government’s Enhancing Game Management Initiative. When adopted the strategy will direct management of hog deer on private and public land for the following five years.

The approved terms of reference provide for the development of a management strategy for hog deer that:

  • ensures a viable population throughout its current range and that its presence is managed according to land tenure objectives
  • provides for sustainable, quality Hog Deer hunting opportunities on areas where the activity is consistent with land reservation status
  • considers improvements and efficiencies to current management practices for Hog Deer hunting throughout the current range
  • improves opportunities on private land, in order to strengthen relations between landowners and hunters, encourage improved access to hunting, and educate and encourage landowners to provide quality habitat for Hog Deer.

coastal banksia - rutting damageThe Strategy passes major responsibility for management plans to hunters and private landowners, DSE and Parks Victoria.

The draft strategy was open for public submissions until 17 December 2008.

FOGL’s submission to the draft strategy can be read >>here.

David Ellard

Constant scraping of antlers that tears away the tree’s bark means these plants don’t get a chance to grow.

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Gippsland Lakes sea-level rise map

Interesting site – you can alter the amount of sea-level rise to see the varying effects on the Gippsland Lakes coastline.
Go here
Flood level inundation visualization for Lakes Entrance by Monash University
Go here

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Planting Day Sat 18 October Silt Jetty (north side)

Mark - a young volunteerThis was a follow up planting to a successful planting event undertaken at the same Crown Land location in May (see earlier posting below).

It was warm, about 27°, nevertheless about 20 people turned up – thank you all!

Approximately 700 plants were planted, Parks Vic provided plants, guards and equipment, Landcare Network provided the bbq trailer.

some of the thousands of trees planted so far

More images in the online gallery.

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Silvershot Interps Sign Launch and Joe Stephens toodaloo

Took place Thursday 18 September at Silvershot (on Boole Poole Peninsula opposite Metung).

The Interps Sign and accompanying Park Note will give visitors and locals greater insight into the interesting flora, fauna and landscape of Boole Poole.

Joe Stephens was presented with perpetual Honourary Membership to thank him for his outstanding commitment and contribution to the environmental health of the Gippsland Lakes Parks and Reserves.

Joe will be sorely missed but FOGL wishes him every success in his new venture.

Joe Stephens - communicator extraordinaire

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National Tree Day – Sunday 27 July Silt Jetties

Planted along the Silt Jetties to add to the 3500 habitat trees and shrubs planted at last year’s National Tree Day event. FOGL members volunteered along with other groups and the general community.
Crown land at 220 Rivermouth Rd., Eagle Point.
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