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Updates from Friends of Kalimna Park, Castlemaine

Kalimna Park Update June 2020
 

Eltham Copper Butterfly (ECB) Surveys

Ecologists Karl Just and Elaine Bayes have in recent months surveyed Kalimna Park for the habitat and presence of the ECB, a threatened species. They prepared a grid map of the whole Park indicating where the host plant Bursaria spinosa is growing and used this on smart phones to traverse the area looking for adult ECB during its active period over summer. The Friends and others joined in some of these surveys. ECB was numerous in a number of locations and was seen in some new spots. This is the most thorough survey so far in the Park and the grid map provides a great tool for future work.

Kalimna Park Planned Burn April 2020

Friends of Kalimna Park and other environmentalists had discussions with Forest Fire Management Vic (FFMV) leading up to the recent Planned Burn in the Park. Our focus was on protecting ECB habitat and populations, and preventing the loss of substantial trees which take so long to grow here. FFMV agreed to exclude some areas where there are numerous ECB and to rake around tree bases to avoid fire getting into them. There is ongoing concern from our point of view at the intrusive nature of the earth breaks created — vehicle tracks, deep soil removal on foot tracks and around trees. These are considered necessary partly for crew safety. However, we feel that smaller scale localised fuel reduction over time should be possible with the right resources. We were pleased to see that FFMV has set up numerous monitoring points in the Park, with permanent markers, to study the impacts of burning. They have recorded the present flora conditions at the sites. They also did their own ECB survey using the bursaria grid map.

Dja Dja Wurrung — Walking Together project

The state government last year funded a 4 year project focusing on Djaara land management at two sites in Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Kalimna Park is fortunate to be one of these. Through the project Djaara people will gain employment and reconnect with traditional land management practices. A management plan will be developed, based on surveys of cultural sites, flora and fauna and visitation, aiming to increase community connection and maintain and improve biodiversity.
Already, the Djaara team has carried out extensive weed control in Kalimna Park. The Corona virus pandemic has delayed community consultation on aspirations for the Park but this is expected to commence soon.
Friends of Kalimna Park and other interested groups receive an occasional newsletter from Project Officer Harley Douglas. See it here: 
https://www.kalimnapark.org.au/WalkingTogetherNews.pdf. If you want to get it too, email
harley.douglas@djadjawurrung.com.au 

Circuit Track Guide

Following a lot of work by Castlemaine Field Naturalists, Friends of Box Ironbark Forests, Friends of Kalimna Park and Conservation Volunteers Australia, the new Circuit Track walk guide was launched with our AGM in November. Parks Victoria has since installed a sturdy metal sign by the road where the walk starts, with a lidded box to hold copies of the guide. Numbered posts on the walk match the points of interest in the brochure. The guide is also available at the Visitor Information Centre. You can find it here: 
http://kalimnapark.org.au/CircuitGuide.pdf

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Friends of Kalimna Park
PO Box 464
Castlemaine, Vic 3045
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