We were also lucky to have a few volunteers drop in and help on the steeper slopes not suited to most volunteers over the past 12 months. There is an extensive area of Wonga Wonga vine in the gully above the last bridge and a large area was treated this year. Some of the larger boneseed above the track was also removed along with any broom we could see flowering, an important annual spring job! The area just below the last bridge has also seen extensive blackberry removed this year, with the track crew coming in and spraying the blackberry there will be a few years of followup needed to keep this area under control, but we are already seeing some great native regeneration.
Over the past 10 years the project has seen many of the deciduous trees which do not belong removed from the walking track and creekline. All the willows and ash were removed and all the Arundo (a bamboo) treated, though vigilance is still needed to ensure they don't return. Even some non-local wattles have also been removed. This year volunteers have extended the area clear of olives and basaling of Rhamnus and olive continues with the area around and above the walking tracks and Giants Cave treated extended again this year.
Some First Falls volunteers at work during 2022: