grass roots community organisation that aims to improve natural condition of the derwent catchment

Poatina Fire Project

On Wednesday just passed, the 25th Feb, Kathy Van Dullemen and myself (Eve Lazarus) spent 5 hours heli-weed-mapping with master pilot Nick Talbot of Tasmanian Helicopters. We flew over the whole Poatina Fire area - east of the Great Lake, Cramps Bay across to Arthur's Lake, above Jonah & Cow Paddock Bay - the trip involved systematic flying over all the post-fire terrain to get an idea of where ragwort has invaded. The bad news is that plants were found regularly throughout the whole 11,000 hectare burn area. Kathy is putting her thinking cap on to devise a plan to deal with this issue. We collected great data and managed to survive hours of low level flying with ups, downs & twisty-rounds. Heli-mapping is awesome!

Kathy Van Dullemen of Derwent Catchement NRM Committee spots ragwort from helicopter over Poatina fire area

Kathy Van Dullemen of Derwent Catchement NRM Committee spots ragwort from helicopter over Poatina fire area

Kathy Van Dullemen, weed legend and Nick Talbot, pilot legend.

Kathy Van Dullemen, weed legend and Nick Talbot, pilot legend.