Ascension : Ascension Island Government Conservation Department
Submitted by The Islander (Conservation Office) 03.10.2013 (Article Archived on 17.10.2013)
On Tuesday 13th August the Conservation Team went out to the NE side of the Island (from the Firing Range towards Broken Tooth Crater)
Ascension Island Government
Team Days at Conservation – NE Bay and Elliot’s Pass Path
Clearing Nicotiana glauca
Clearing at Firing Range (Broken Tooth Crater)
On Tuesday 13th August the Conservation Team went out to the NE side of the Island (from the Firing Range towards Broken Tooth Crater) for a team day to carry out some invasive species clearance of the Casuarina equisetifolia – Whistling Pine, and Nicotiana glauca – Tree Tobacco, Mustard Tree and Mexican Thorn. This area is a particularly important habitat from the native sedge, Cyperus appendiculatus, and grass, Aristida asdcensionis, but they are beginning to be outcompeted by the invasive plants. We pulled and cut down many trees and applied herbicide to the stumps to decrease the chances of re-growth. It was a successful day and we will head back down to those areas to monitor any re-growth and carry out more clearance work
On the 28th August the Conservation Team spent a few hours maintaining the Elliot’s Pass path around the mountain, keeping it in tip top shape after all of Charlie and Kenickie’s hard work on the recently completed JNCC project. Even though it was a foggy and wet day, that did not stop us. We split into two groups with Kenickie and Catherine starting at the Marine Barracks entrance to the path to clear the trees and other invasives such as ginger and goat weed, while the rest of us; Sam, Nicola, Jolene, Natasha and Liza headed the other way and started clearing; we finally met up and completed the path at the Ptisana restoration site. It was another job well done by the team.
Clearing at Elliot’s Pass Path, Green Mountain National Park
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