Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot NP Newsletter #314 March 2022
FRIENDS OF CHILTERN MT-PILOT NATIONAL PARK, Inc.
President : Neville Bartlett
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A full Cyanide Dam and a modest bag of rubbish. Photo: Neville Bartlett
At noon the delayed 2021 AGM took place with all of the reports being presented and approved followed by the election of a new committee for the few months left before the next AGM.
Vice President: Margaret Considine
Secretary/Treasurer: Tony Murnane
Newsletter Editor: Neville Bartlett
Committee: Eileen Collins, Lyn and Bill Boulton, Jennifer Davidson, Helen Carse, Simon Bennett, Mick Webster, John Hawker, Richard Jerome and Peter Gotham.
Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata) in the Park – an update – Neville Bartlett
A few years ago, Trust For Nature arranged for about 150 Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata) plants to be planted along Settlers Road in the Mt Pilot Section of the Park. Earlier plantings had been been very unsuccessful as the conditions had been very dry. Friends assisted with this planting and have kept an eye on the latest plants and made sure that the tree guards were not disturbed. Early disruptions from a wombat soon abated and the plants have done very well during the last couple of wet years. A recent survey revealed that about two thirds of the plants are thriving and three representative images are provided below.
The three images above show a healthy small plant, a thriving plant that has reached the top of the guard and an exceptional plant. Photos: Neville Bartlett
Anyone wanting to find out more about the overall context related to this planting can refer to Mick Webster’s excellent article [Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata) – a vital missing tree in our forests] in the Friends newsletter that is available on the Friends website by following this link.
Kurrajong Bag Moth – Dichocrocis clytusalis – an update – Neville Bartlett
From the distance the new leaves are not visible as they are a brown colour that matches the chrysalises. Closer inspection gives us much optimism for future of the trees.
February 2022: 34 mm. Total for year-to-date 2022: 279 mm.
In 2021 we had 193 mm up to the end of February.
The average annual rainfall for Chiltern is 689 mm.
NEXT MEETING – SUNDAY 3rd APRIL 2022
Group 2 will start by checking the mammal boxes at Bartley’s Block and the proceed to do some weeding at Grasslands Block.
Contact Mick Webster on 0429 017 229.
Meet at the Chiltern Post Office at 09:00am.
We request that people attending abide by the prevailing COVID-19 advice:
For 2022: Sunday 3rd April, Saturday 7th May, Sunday 5th June, Saturday 2nd July, Sunay 7th August, Saturday 3rd September, Sunday 1st October, Saturday 5th November and Sunday 4th December.
For 2023: Sunday 5th February, Saturday 4th March, Sunday 2nd April, Saturday 6th May, Sunday 4th June, Saturday 1st July, Sunday 6th August, Saturday 2nd September, Sunday 8th October, Saturday 4th November and Sunday 3rd December 2023.
Rule of Thumb: For even months, the field day is held on the first Sunday of the month and for odd months, it is held on the first Saturday of the month