The Heysen Trail Green Team Turns the first sod

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The Greening Commmittee had its first field day at Hiskeys Hut, planting over 100 trees, appropriate to the area. This is part of a much bigger project by the group to plant more than 200 trees around the hut.

As can be seen, it certainly needs it.

Great work from the Greening crew, Graham Bald, Steve Clift, Robyn Quinn and Neil Nosworthy.

The Greening Committee can always do with more members so it can spread its wings. If you would like to be part of this dynamic new group, contact the Friends’ office Ph 82126299.

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Wanted: Trail Planners

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WalkingSA is seeking input from walkers interested in assisting in the planning of a network of five loop trails in the Kersbrook area.

Funding has been secured for the project, in collaboration with Forestry SA and the Adelaide Hills Council, for the surveying, mapping and signage of the trails. Walkers with knowledge of suitable routes in the area and/or navigational skills will be required.

An information session will be held on Tuesday 19 June, commencing at 10am, at the Walking SA offices, 5 Fitzgerald Rd, Pasadena. Andrew Moylan from Forestry SA and John Eaton, Trails Technical Unit, will address the technical needs of data collection recording. Survey areas will then be assigned to participants present. A light lunch will be provided for attendees at the conclusion of the meeting.

RSVP to Walking SA by 14 June, or phone (08) 8276 5090.

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Heysen Trail Closure through Wirrabara Forest

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Whilst the bushfire in Wirrabara Forest was brought under control on 12 May, ForestrySA advises that the Heysen Trail through the area remains closed indefinitely.

The main section of the Heysen Trail along the ridge, north from the TV transmission tower on the Bluff (Map 2.5 in the Northern Guidebook) through to Block Nine Road (Map 2.7 in the Northern Guidebook) is temporarily closed.

All trails and tracks in the forest, including the spur of the Heysen Trail from Frypan Hill to the Old Nursery and on to Ippinitchie Campground is also temporarily closed (Map 2.6 in the Northern Guidebook).

Further information will be made available when ForestrySA releases updated advice. Minor updates will be published on our Twitter feed, @HeysenTrail.

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Free Talk: 30 Years in Bushcare

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The Friends of Waite Conservation Park are hosting a guest speaker, Andrew Crompton, who will conduct a free illustrated talk about 30 years in bushcare… & still lots to learn.

Andrew if one of Adelaide’s most knowledgeable and experienced people working in revegetation and bushcare. He will draw on his lifetime of working experiences and share his practical skills developed in the ecological restoration of his own patch of grassy woodland at Mt Barker.

Date: 7.30-9.30pm Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Venue: Urrbrae House, Waite Campus, the University of Adelaide, off Fullarton Road, Urrbrae

For enquiries please contact Jennifer Gardner on 8313 7405 or

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Walk Leaders Training Day

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The annual Walk Leaders Training Day was held at the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club today, with about thirty leaders and prospective leaders attending.

They were entertained with presentations by Arrienne Wynen (Walk Committee Chair) Jerry Foster, Simon Cameron and Julian Monfries.

It was a time for current leaders to refresh and for potential leaders to learn the Friends requirements of walk leaders and to perhaps, entice them into leading some walks.

It was also a chance for leaders to get together and exchange information and experiences.

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