Bushwalking Tracks & Conservation
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC) is a standing committee of Bushwalking Victoria that concentrates on tracks and trails strategy – i.e. looking at opportunities for new or upgraded tracks and trails, articulating a vision that bushwalkers want for the future and undertaking fieldwork in Victoria's national and state parks.
BTAC also engages with land managers so that Bushwalking Victoria can influence planning as it affects bushwalkers more effectively and at an earlier stage.
Below is a program of activities planned for the next six months:
|25 - 28 January||Alpine National Park||Mc Millan's Walking Track - Kelly Lane to the Macalister River. Including tracks to Mt Tamboritha and The Crinoline||Track maintenance, in conjunction with the Ben Cruachan Walking Club||North East of Licola|
|21 - 24 February||Mt Buffalo National Park||Peatland Recovery||Conservation Project|
|17 - 19 February||Alpine National Park||Mt Stradbroke Track||Track maintenance, in conjunction with the Friends of the Cobberas||Mt Stradbroke, East Gippsland|
|1 - 4 March||Mt Baw Baw National Park||Australian Alps Walking Track - Section from Stronach's Camp to Mt Whitelaw hut ruin||Track maintenance, in conjunction with the Friends of Baw Baw||North West of Erica|
|9 - 12 March (LD)||Alpine National Park||Australian Alps Walking Track - Section around The Twins and Mt Selwyn, working towards Barry Saddle||Track maintenance||West of Hotham|
|7 - 8 April||Tanjil State Forest||East Tyers Walking Track||Track re-establishment||North of Moe|
|20 - 22 April||Wilsons Promontory National Park||Camp at the Lighthouse - South East Track||Track maintenance||Wilsons Prom|
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation Volunteers do hands-on work on tracks and conservation projects that have been approved by Parks Victoria (in Victorian national parks) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (in Victorian state parks). Work may include clearing vegetation, constructing or repairing steps or rails, fixing netting on boardwalks, installing or replacing signs, clearing water bars, removing noxious weeds or any other work that Parks Victoria or DELWP would like Bushwalking Victoria to help with.
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation Field Officers are appointed by BTAC and are responsible for a designated geographic area. They liaise and network with local bushwalking clubs and land managers and report monthly to BTAC. They are frequent visitors to their area and build strong relationships with land managers. Their task is to identify issues, recommend possible courses of action, research and investigate issues as requested.
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation Club Contacts act as a point of contact to receive information about projects and to advise BTAC of track/conservation issues and activities that concern their clubs. The club contact person should have or develop a close relationship with the local Parks ranger, Friends Group or Advisory Group which may have a common interest.