Friends of Sassafras Creek
Dandenong Ranges Environmental and Bushfire Reduction Community Grant.
The funding for this project was made possible by the Dandenong Ranges Environmental and Bushfire Reduction Community Grants first announced by Jason Wood in June this year.
The aim of the grants is to encourage community groups to work together and in partnership with government agencies to reduce bushfire risk and revegetate the Dandenong Ranges with native plants.
Friends of Sassafras Creek (FOSC) are working with Parks Victoria and local
residents to remove approximately 35 cypress (Cryptomeria) and several
large sycamore maples, at the entry to the Sassafras Creek Nature
Conservation reserve, near Perrins Creek headwaters.
These trees are dying with some already fallen onto the ground, leaving a
significant fire hazard.
The large sycamores, along the edge of the other side of the track will also
been removed to reduce the re-infestation to the exposed area. Residents
have been concerned about the fire risk these trees pose for several years.
After initial planning since July, and engagement of contractors, the weeds
(mainly ivy) were treated.
Tree works began on December 1st, with the arrival of a travel tower to gain
access to the trees.
With limited access the trees were lopped with material piled and then
chipped. This process is being repeated with the remaining trees.
FEDERAL Member for Latrobe Jason Wood visited the site of weed and invasive plant reduction works in the Dandenong Ranges on Friday 11 December.
FOSC, with some local residents began planting out the area on March 20.
appropriate native vegetation.
There is still some planting needed that will happen later in autumn.