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Improving Access to Mount Field National Park

Blog Post - Improving Access to Mount Field National Park

National Parks are for all of us to enjoy. However, some areas can be a challenge, with difficult terrain in remote areas discouraging the less adventurous to visit. But these are sometimes the most pristine and biologically diverse places in our protected Parks system.

FNPW provided over $11,000 in funding to improve access to Mount Field National Park in Tasmania. The alpine area of this popular park attracts a large number of visitors; however, this has led over the years to a degraded track prone to flooding.

More visitors will now be able to visit this pristine wilderness area thanks to newly installed bridge and boardwalks, which will protect both walkers and the environment.

This project focused on the start of a popular walking track at Mount Field National Park. The construction and maintenance of a new bridge over Lady Barron Creek and a new 145 metre boardwalk over a wet area after the creek crossing has significantly improved access to the trail.

The Lady Barron Creek is crossed just below Lake Fenton, an area subject to flooding. Each year hundreds of people of different ages and fitness levels make this crossing. The improved bridge has made it much easier and safer for walkers and has improved the water quality of the creek, which supplies 20% of the water for the greater Hobart area.

The surrounding area of the project site is home to the Deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii), or fagus as it is best known. It is the only cold-climate native deciduous tree in Australia. The new bridge and boardwalk allows visitors to view these popular trees, particularly in autumn when the fagus turns a spectacular range of autumn colours.

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