A quick session today. Actually classified as exercise rather than bush regeneration 🙂
Once again, just pushing back on lantana. I came across a large sandpaper fig tree that I had previously freed up from lantana. It had since then, fallen over but it continues to thrive. It had once again started to provide structure for the surrounding lantana. I removed the offending lantana and also bits of privet.
I will need to come back to this spot as there is various promising saplings which need defending.
Here is a summary video I did of the site after clearing the fig.
This classification description is replicated below:
Hunter Valley Moist Forest
Keith Class: Hunter-Macleay Dry Sclerophyll Forests
VCA: Not yet assigned
GHV: Spotted Gum / Broad-leaved Mahogany / Grey Gum grass / shrub open forest on Coastal Lowlands of the Central Coast (071)
LHCCREMS: Hunter Valley Moist Forest (MU12)
Hunter Valley Moist Forest is a broadly defined unit requiring further clarification and assessment, and it may overlap considerably with other MU12 subunits so far defined. As defined here, this is an original REMS2000 unit that has been subdivided regionally (see MU12 subunits). This community is effectively an ecotonal unit between moister forests in sheltered locations, and dryer ridgetop types. In most cases a canopy of Corymbia maculata with Eucalyptus acmenioides is present, although other species such as Eucalyptus siderophloia and Eucalyptus punctata may also occur. Important understorey species include Polyscias sambuccifolia, Pteridium esculentum, Pittosporum undulatum, Notelaea longifolia, Poa affinis, Oplismenus imbecillus and Pseuderanthemum variabile.
canopy of Spotted Gum and White Mahogany, with Ironbarks and Grey Gum
mid-storey of Elderberry Panax, Sweet Pittosporum, Bracken and Native Olive
well developed ground layer of grasses, herbs and forbs
Within Lake Macquarie LGA [from LGA Map v2014 Stages 1-6] – 959 ha
Community Conservation Status:
EPBC Act (1999) Status – not currently listed.
TSC Act (1995) Status – not currently listed.
Key Diagnostic Species [99% contribution, based on 9 plots]:
After getting the majority of Mist flower and Crofton weed out from the bottom of Dick’s creek fall a few weeks ago, the remaining has been niggling me to finish it off. My kids kept me company while I addressed the section under the overhang.
It was a short session but I achieved my objective only to notice I didn’t have to go far to find more crofton weed infestations a little further along the creek. Next week…
On the plus side, I had a chance to remove the ‘tree of heaven’ which can be seen in the photo above (behind the large gum on the left hand side). I had wanted to dig it out completely but the angle of the slope and some rocks made sure that was not going to happen. I will need to keep an eye on it to make sure it does not resprout from the remaining root system.