Year 7 students from Clonard College in Geelong recently visited Angair as part of a program focussed on local flora and fauna that face critical challenges.
After a PowerPoint presentation on boneseed, the students set off along Powerline Track to help Angair volunteers with seedling removal. The walk allowed them to see vegetation values on one side and the severe erosion caused by inappropriate use of recreational vehicles on the other.
Angair member Neil Tucker then introduced the magnitude of the weed problem by giving the students the task of timing, removing and counting the boneseed plants from two 10-metre square plots with heavy and lighter weed infestation. The students then calculated how many person-hours it would take to clear one hectare of weeds and much larger areas (assuming the same level of infestation) and the cost of weed removal for different levels of infestation. Well done Neil – and girls.