Join us for an intensive survey based program with an aim to collect data on specific forest values such as old growth forest, arboreal mammals, Long-footed potoroo, large forest owls and rainforest. Based in Goongerah in the heart of far East Gippsland's forests. This is part two of the Summer of Citizen Science and forest defence.
This survey program officially goes for one week, however you're more than welcome to stay on and join as we we continue to conduct surveys and take action for East Gippsland's forests throughout January and February. Program details below.
For the first three days we will be based in Goongerah at the Goongerah Camp ground. Educational presentations on various elements of forest ecology and threats to high conservation value forests will take place each morning. Presentations will be followed by forest walks and introductory survey workshops.
On December 7th we will head up to the Errinundra plateau to camp for two nights at a secret mountain campsite.
Once we are up on the plateau we will conduct day time forest walks and surveys, such as forest carbon accounting, remote camera deployment and rainforest identification.
At night we will conduct spotlight surveys for nocturnal mammals and large forest owls and frogs. All survey areas will be in areas of forest scheduled for logging.
Our kitchen trailer and mess tent will be set up providing drinking water and gas burners for cooking. There will be some communal meals, but please bring food to contribute to the kitchen or cook for yourself. We always encourage people to be as self sufficient as possible. Small amounts of cash to donate are much appreciated to cover the costs of putting the camp on.
Participants need to be well prepared with warm clothing, wet weather gear, torches and camping equipment. We'll be meeting in Goongerah on the 4th of January at the Goongerah camp ground and car-pooling out to the camp location from there. If you arrive later, there will be mud maps and directions to the mountain camp available at the Goongerah camp ground. The Goongerah camp ground is on the right side of the Bonang rd, if traveling from the south, in the community of Goongerah. It is well signed and easy to find.
Far East Gippsland is a remote environment, with no phone reception and shops. The closest shops are 70kms away so make sure you are well prepared with plenty of food and fuel.
We expect a contingent of attendees will stick around and continue to help with the campaign to protect East Gippsland's forests, so while this event has an end date, we'll be continuing our efforts to protect forests well into 2016, so stick around and join us if you can.
Email [email protected] for more information
Or call 0414 199 645 or (03) 51540109
Ellery Ck Track Goongerah
Goongerah, Victoria 3888
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