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|Subject:||Fwd: Woodstock NR|
|From:||martin butterfield <>|
|Date:||Thu, 30 May 2013 15:54:53 +1000|
I asked a CNP Ranger if there was a reason for the high quality road in Woodstock NR which we visited a couple of weeks ago. He provided the following very helpful information and I pass it on for the information od those on the walk (and anyone else that is interested).
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From: Roso, Darren <>
Date: 20 May 2013 11:45
Subject: RE: Woodstock NR
To: martin butterfield <>
Cc: "Chaseling, Tim" <m("act.gov.au","Tim.Chaseling");">>, "Bretherton, Simon" <m("act.gov.au","Simon.Bretherton");">>, "Clifton, Joe" <m("act.gov.au","Joe.Clifton");">>, "McNamara, Brett" <m("act.gov.au","Brett.McNamara");">>
Good to see you around the reserves doing your Ornithological work. Yes still in the area i manage.
Woodstock NR area is of great strategic fire control importance and the water downstream is tested weekly by a few organisations to ensure compliance of the Treatment works.
It is indeed a serious crossing. This little creek is “angry” due to the denuded rural catchment and we have lost a number of crossings there over the last decade or so, much to the ire of ACTEW, and us. Because the prediction is for a much more stormy future with many more intense rain events, a much longer planning horizon is being used for our infrastructure now. This crossing should last lots longer.
See any interesting birds or animals? This area came out of lease 19 years ago and is restoring really well, in spite of drought and fire.
You may note the grasslands and understorey of this area is coming along wonderfully. We do good cooperative feral control in the area, so expect various Button quail and Grass parrots to be on the increase. This area is to be targeted in 2013-14 for weed control and then 2014-’15 for revegetation.
Please call if ever we can help.
a/g Ranger in Charge - Murrumbidgee
National Parks and Catchments North
ACT Parks and Conservation Service
Territory and Municipal Services Directorate.
Ph 02 62072425
mob. 0428 600 755
I'm not sure if the 'bidgee corridor is still in your bailiwick but if not could you forward this to whoever is?
COG took a walk in the Western bit of Woodstock yesterday (ie over Urriara Xing) and had a great time. However we were puzzled at the amount of work that has been done on the road. It is of better quality than much of Mt Franklin Rd and the Creek crossing must have cost many thousands of $. All this in an area that hardly anyone in the ACT would be able to find.
Why is this so? (A much nicer phrase than "Please explain?")
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