Camp Kuark - Threatened Species Survey Weekend

Friday, 6 March 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, 8 March 2015 - 5:00pm
Goongerah, East Gippsland

Come and join us in Goongerah on the labour day long weekend March 6-9th for threatened species surveys, forest walks, workshops and spot lighting as we launch Camp Kuark - threatened species survey camp.

The Kuark forest is one of the last places on earth where old growth “cross over” rainforest occurs, where warm and cool temperate rainforest blend together. The ancient forests of Kuark are crucial habitat for three threatened Owl species, the Sooty, Powerful and Masked owls.

The Kuark forest is currently subject to a Supreme court case in which Environment East Gippsland (EEG) are suing Vic Forests and the Victorian government for failing to re zone owl protection areas to replace what was lost in the 2014 fires. EEG are arguing that areas of habitat where owls have been detected should not be logged until rezoning of the owl protection areas. Currently there are 80 other stands of old growth forest with Owl detections, subject to the court case that Vic Forests has agreed not to log until the end of February 2015. GECO volunteers, using sound recorders and call play back mega phones have recorded many of the owl detections in the coupes currently subject to the court case.

All three Owls have been recorded in the Kuark area, Sooty, Powerful and just recently, Masked owl. GECO volunteers are continually monitoring logging operations and surveying proposed coupes for threatened species. Help is needed to carry out more surveys and data collection in the lead up to the Supreme court case.

Camp Kuark will serve as a base to conduct important survey work in the lead up to the Supreme court case and establish an on ground presence and permanent monitoring program before this area is due to be logged.


Friday night: Arrive Goongerah campground

Saturday morning: Meet and briefing at Goongerah Camp ground. Information session about Kuark and Owl habitat.

Saturday afternoon: Depart Goongerah for Kuark forest.

Saturday evening: Spotlighting and Owl surveys in Kuark and nearby areas scheduled for logging.

Saturday night: Camp in Kuark forest.

Sunday: Guided walks in Kuark, botanical surveys, tree measuring, cray fish surveys

Sunday night: Owl surveys, glider surveys and spotlighting in Kuark and nearby areas.

Monday morning : "How you can help Kuark" workshop, more walks.

Please bring your own food, water containers, camping gear, torches and suitable bushwalking gear. Survey equipment will be provided by GECO.

Contact GECO for more info and directions through our website (below).

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