Mt Field walk big ecol­ogy boost

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - SU­SAN OONG

A NEW all-weather board­walk has been con­structed at Mount Field Na­tional Park, to pro­tect the frag­ile alpine plants and im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence for walk­ers.

More than 900m of raised board­walk has been in­stalled as part of the Mount Field East Track at Windy Moor, which starts at Lake Fen­ton and tra­verses to the sum­mit of Mount Field East. The board­walk cov­ers the most im­pacted sec­tion of the track.

The area’s alpine moor­land fea­tures sev­eral en­demic plant species, in­clud­ing cush­ion plants, which are eas­ily harmed by walk­ers. In re­cent years the track had be­come de­graded by hik­ers, and ero­sion by wa­ter added to the prob­lem.

The project, which took about two years to complete, was largely funded by the Tas­ma­nian Com­mu­nity Fund with ad­di­tional money from in­ter­ested groups and in­di­vid­u­als. It has been man­aged by the Friends of Mount Field.

Mount Field East is a popular alpine day walk in the park that gives vis­i­tors ex­ten­sive views of vary­ing land­scapes, in­clud­ing glacial lakes, high peaks, snow gum wood­land, alpine moor­lands and herb fields.

The de­cid­u­ous beech (fa­gus), Aus­tralia’s only na­tive de­cid­u­ous tree, grows in the area.

More than 645 hours of work con­trib­uted by the Friends of Mount Field vol­un­teers en­abled the project to fin­ish on time and on bud­get.

Over the course of the build 20 he­li­copter trips con­veyed more than 12 tonnes of ma­te­rial to the site, which in­cluded the 304 wooden planks used in the board­walk’s con­struc­tion.

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