Willow Warriors Winning the War
Hi Willow Warriors,
Just getting in touch to wish you all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. If you have been with the Willow Warrior for a while now, thank you for your contributions to the Tyenna River Recovery Program in 2019. If you are one of our new members, I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event. Its been a fantastic effort this year and we are close to completing the primary willow control and planting works at the Westerway Raspberry Farm. Upstream efforts were kicked off in late November by the Clark’s from Raspberry Farm who organised local Westerway residents to remove willow upstream from the bridge in Westerway with the help of the Derwent Catchment Project. You may have already see their efforts, which have really improved river access from Westerway.
We have also completed our planning to start control of the most upstream willows and work downstream over a 10 years with the aim of eradicating willows from the Tyenna. I will be in touch in the new year with Willow Warrior working bee dates for February and March in the Maydena area and share these draft plans if you are interested in providing input. We have been successfully with a funding application to the Community Environment Grants that, along with the funding from the Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund, will support all our planned restoration works on the Tyenna for 2020.
If you want to let others know about the work the Willow Warriors do, we have put together a short video for you to share. We have also done a video explaining the damage willows cause to waterways that could be useful when explain why we do this work. These videos can be found on the Derwent Catchment YouTube channel with direct links below:
- The Tyenna River Willow Warriors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc7ZZvZcBQc
- Why are Willow so bad? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1LRFoK1qQ
Glenn has been supporting clubs to put together their own willow control kits to help with follow up willow control while fishing. If you would like Glenn to come and give a willow control demonstration please get in touch. We are providing dabbers used to cut and paste for a small fee.
Have a happy and safe Xmas break and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Dr Magali Wright
The Derwent Catchment Project
PO Box 22, Hamilton TAS 7140
Phone: 0424 277 226