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Walk to the Little Dargo River

The fires of 2019/20 burnt huge areas of north eastern Victoria. The remaining unburnt forests are more important than ever. One of these areas lies in the headwaters of the Little Dargo River, just south of Mt Hotham. It is a pristine area, without roads, and containing mature forest, much of it dominated by Alpine Ash. It is an area of state forest that lies right next to the Alpine National Park.

The state government logging agency, VicForests, intends to log a total of 11 “coupes”, or sections, of mature forest in the upper Little Dargo River, probably this spring. These coupes are located in a series of clusters, where separate sections of bush will be harvested, creating a large zone of cleared land over time. Extensive roading networks will be needed to access the coupes.

One coupe has already been logged. The remaining coupes have not yet been scheduled for harvesting. There is still time to stop this ecological disaster – if we act now.

Join us for a walk to experience the beauty that is the Little Dargo.

 

Sunday April 24, 9.30am for a 10 am start. Finish time around 3pm.

 

We will be hosted by the Treasure family, who have grazed cattle on, and looked after, the Dargo High Plains for five generations. Christa Treasure will tell us some of the historical and cultural significance of the area to her and the Treasure family and how logging will devastate this history.

We will then walk in to the Upper Dargo via the recently recut Mailman’s Track. This used to be how mail was delivered from Harrietville in the gold mining days. There is a steep descent to the River. You will visit areas which are due to be logged and see a pristine mountain river before walking back out.

Details on the walk

This is a free trip, open to anyone with a moderate level of fitness.

Numbers are limited so you will need to rsvp.

A full gear list and details on where to meet will be sent once you rsvp.

Please note that this trip involves about 4 hours of walking, half of which is of a steep to moderate grade on a rough track. You will need moderate fitness to be able to do the trip.

 

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WHEN
April 24, 2022 at 9:30am - 3:30pm
WHERE
Dargo High Plains
Dargo High Plains Road
Dargo High Plains, VIC 3862
Australia
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CONTACT
Cam Walker · · 0419338047
37 RSVPS
Robyn Downey Sally Avery Paul Harvey Karen Coffield Jude Spedding Meenakshi Padmanabhan Gayle Hume Jim Crosthwaite Andrew Moulding Geoff Stephens Hazel Shepherd Elizabeth Jessup Audrey Van den Berg Janet Mclean Sasha King Sanja Van Huet Clemence Overall Shakya Lahrech Nic Fox Jan Fenn Lynne Bullen Kim Croxford Pat Simons Charley Daniel Anna Langford Cam Walker
Who's RSVPing
Robyn Downey
Sally Avery
Paul Harvey
Karen Coffield
Jude Spedding
Meenakshi Padmanabhan
Gayle Hume
Jim Crosthwaite
Andrew Moulding
Geoff Stephens
Hazel Shepherd
Elizabeth Jessup
Audrey Van den Berg
Janet Mclean
Sasha King
Sanja Van Huet
Clemence Overall
Shakya Lahrech
Nic Fox
Jan Fenn
Lynne Bullen
Kim Croxford
Pat Simons
Charley Daniel
Anna Langford
Cam Walker

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