CONFERENCE FIELD TRIP
THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2019, 8am-6pm
Speakers: Dr. Tanya Bailey (ARC Training Centre for Forest Value / UTAS / Greening Australia), Dr. Neil Davidson (Greening Australia / UTAS), Dr. Mark Neyland (ARC Training Centre for Forest Value), Prof. Brad Potts (UTAS / ARC Training Centre for Forest Value), Dr. Andrew Jacobs (Forico).
A field trip booklet will be available as you get on the bus or you can have a sneak peek of it here.
This trip will take delegates through central Tasmania through a variety of landscapes dominated by eucalypts, including native lowland and subalpine vegetation, remnant stands on farmland, restoration plantings and native/plantation forestry sites. Highlights include visiting the threatened Miena cider gum (E. gunnii ssp. divaricata), one of the most frost tolerant eucalypts; a stand of spinning gum (E. perriniana) which is rare in Tasmania; passing through E. pauciflora subalpine woodland; and Greening Australia’s restoration plantings in Tasmania’s Midlands region. Lunch will be held at the Steppes Historic Site which has several historic buildings of interest surrounded by magnificent E. delegatensis forest.
Click the map for an interactive version of the field trip route.
** Update 13 Feb 2019: All roads are now open and the field trip is going ahead as planned **
** Update 9 Feb 2019: Please note that the fires in central Tasmania are in the vicinity of the planned conference field trip (see map of burnt area, thank you to Grant Williamson for producing this) and the roads that access some parts of our trip are currently closed. If these areas are dangerous and/or still subject to road closures the week of the conference, the field trip will be rerouted to a safer area. We hope to confirm the route by Friday 15th February but the changing situation may mean we announce the route at the start of the conference. We thank you for your patience! The latest updates on the fire situation can be monitored at the TFS website and their social media feeds. **
Cost: $75, with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided (ticket can be purchased using registration payment link).
Bring a small bag or backpack
Bring your EucaFlip!
Wear closed sturdy shoes
Tassie weather is unpredictable: pack adequate sun/heat protection (hat and long sleeved loose clothing, sunscreen, water bottle) as well as adequate wet/cold weather protection (wet weather gear, warm clothes – layers are best)
Bring refillable drink bottle if possible
Note we are travelling to remote parts of Tasmania out of mobile phone range at times and up to 2 hours from the major cities. Delegates will need to carry their own emergency medications (e.g. epipen, asthma reliever) and are encouraged to advise organisers if there are any relevant medical conditions you think we should be aware of.