Tamar Valley landholders and community groups will join forces to rid the region of nationally significant weed boneseed later this month.
Tamar NRM’s 13th annual Tamar Valley Boneseed Blitz will be held on Thursday, September 20, as part of a two-month effort to control the introduced weed.
Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) is a woody weed that originated in South Africa and is common within the Tamar Valley.
It is a declared weed that is considered one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasive nature.
Landholders are responsible for controlling boneseed on their land.
Boneseed can grow densely and crowd out native vegetation, affecting biodiversity and impacting on public recreation, Tamar NRM program coordinator Greg Lundstrom said.
“The blitz on boneseed has been organised to focus local effort to remove it from both public and private land and before it sets seed,” Mr Lundstrom said.
“As mature plants can produce 50,000 seeds that remain viable in the soil for up to 10 years, it is important to remove the plants before this happens.”
The organisation’s Boneseed Blitz is supported by City of Launceston, West Tamar and George Town councils; Primary Industry, Water and Environment department; Parks and Wildlife Service, State Growth and community and Landcare groups.
“The organisations supporting the Boneseed Blitz have provided resources or mapping to aid targeting the areas needing the greatest attention,” Mr Lundstrom said.
Landholders and community groups are invited to the Tamar Valley Boneseed Blitz, which will be held at various locations within the Tamar Valley.
They can find out what boneseed is, how it is controlled and if it is present in their area.
For further information about the 2018 Tamar Valley Boneseed Blitz, or to organise your own event during September and October, contact Tamar NRM on 6323 3310 or visit the Tamar NRM website at www.tamarnrm.com.au