This week I am bringing a focus to the upcoming activities of the National Parks Association (NPA) Lachlan Valley Branch in the month ahead.
The group have held several walks recently to Nangar National Park, Goonoo State Forest, Bumberry Dam, Lake Endeavour and Weddin Mountains National Park.
The group have a wealth of knowledge and walking and observing is a fantastic way to learn more about our native flora and fauna.
On Wednesday, 10 April the group will be heading to Coradgery Nature Reserve, meeting at Bushman’s Dam at 9am. This is a medium 8 kilometre walk and led by Peter Cannon. Peter can be contacted on 6866 1225.
The Coradgery Nature Reserve covers an area of around 750 hectares located to the north-west of Parkes and is an area well known to the NPA group. The benefit of revisiting these parks with the group is that they can assess changes in flora and fauna species.
The Black Range walk will be held on Saturday, 27 April and depart from Bushman’s Dam at 9am. This is a medium, 8 kilometre walk with leader, Martin Bell. If you are interested in being involved in the walk, please contact Martin on 0429 346 586.
Walks are rated as follows:
Easy (5 to 10 kilometres). These walks are mostly flat to slightly undulating topography. Walks are mostly on tracks or fire trails and of moderate distance. Suitable for those with a minimum level of fitness.
Medium walks (5 to 8 kilometres) may be over moderate hills or rough terrain. May involve some off track walking. Walk may involve shorter distance overall due to rougher conditions. Suitable for an average fitness level.
Walks rated as hard (5 or more kilometres). These walks may involve hilly or mountainous terrain, rough tracks, a trackless route or an extended distance. Walks are suitable for above average fitness level.
All walks are subject to there being no adverse Rural Fire Service (RFS) fire warnings at the time and no closure of the relevant State Forest due to Hunting Permits etc.
Walkers are reminded to bring along enough food and water for the entire day as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. A pair of good binoculars and a fold up chair is recommended. Please contact the listed walk leader the night before the walk if you intend to come. A $2.00 donation for each walker is appreciated.
I hope that you get a chance to be involved in one of the NPA walks in the next month.
For more information, go to our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org, facebook, twitter or Instagram @cwllandcare.
Until next week, happy Landcaring!