Bushwalking Tracks & Conservation
Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC) is a standing committee of Bushwalking Victoria that concentrates on tracks and trails strategy, exploring 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 actively engages with land managers to enable Bushwalking Victoria to influence planning and the potential impact on bushwalkers at an early stage in the planning process.
2019 Track Clearing Program:
26 - 29 January: McMillans Walking Track - COMPLETED
2 - 3 March: Bogong High Plains - Alpine National Park - COMPLETED
8 - 11 March: AAWT Mt Wills - Alpine National Park - CANCELLED DUE TO BUSHFIRE RISK
16 - 17 March : Installing Leadbeater Possum nesting boxes in the Baw Baw National Park - CANCELLED DUE TO BUSHFIRE RISK
6 - 7 April: East Tyers Walking Track - Tanjil Tyres State Forest - COMPLETED
25 - 28 April: Mt Wills & Omeo Highway - Alpine National Park - COMPLETED
4 - 5 May: Grampians National Park - Various Tracks to be worked on - COMPLETED
11 - 12 May: Howqua Area - Alpine National Park (Upper Howqua walking track) - CANCELLED
8 - 10 June : Hattah Kulkyne National Park - COMPLETED
9-11 August: Bunyip State Park - Bushfire Recovery Works
31 Aug - 1 September Great Otways National Park
21 - 22 September: Lady Walker Track - Warburton State Forest
26 - 29 September: Croajingolong National Park
5 - 6 October: Cathedral State Park
23-24 November: Howqua Area - Alpine National Park (Mt Howitt and Stanly Name Spur tracks)
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.