While waiting for cloud to clear taking photos of across the river works. Oscar's on the Yarra at the bottom centre and a car is travelling towards Warburton on the Warburton highway.
Apart from a bit of a cloud problem there were many opportunities to watch and photograph the total eclipse of the moon this morning. The longest one of the 21 st century. With Mars nearby as a bonus.
The air is so clear in Winter at the bush camp and there is so little light pollution that is makes it ideal for night photography.
World class mountain bike tracks are now coming to Warburton after millions of dollars of Federal government funding. They are right next to the bush camp.
A winter Sunday afternoon along O'Shannassy Aqueduct between Millgrove and Warburton
What a morning in the Upper Yarra Valley this morning. Brisk Winter air and not a cloud to be seen.
Tracking one of the local wombats this morning. My track is on the right and the wombat's track is on the left.
Old map of the Redwood forest plantation cement creek road East Warburton Yarra Ranges National Park
I am simply amazed at Parks Victoria and their stupidity and wasting my taxpayer money. This last week they have cut down trees in the Cement Creek area that was part of a hydrology research project dating back to the 1920s. There are so few of these projects in Australia. Now they are going to build a nasty concrete car park there. This while Parks Victoria demolish many buildings in the Yarra Ranges National Park and close down so many of the former walking tracks. I really don't think there is much need for rangers for this park they must be the biggest bludgers off the taxpayer just turning up to pick up their pay packet instead of getting a real productive job. These Parks Victoria grubs certainly know how to spoil the Redwood forest as a tourist attraction.
Cement Creek Road, WARBURTON, YARRA RANGES SHIRE
National Trust Pinus muricata Statement of SignificanceContribution to landscape, important landmark
Located on the right hand side of Cement Creek Road, approximately 3km from Warbuton Highway, the 1000+ Bishop Pines (Pinus muricata) were planted by the Board of Works about 1930 following clearing of the original eucalypt forest. They were part of a plantation that also included Douglas Fir and Californian Redwood. The plantations were selected for experimental purposes as part of the Board's hydrogrophy research program.
The Cement Creek plantations provided small lots in which to study the canopy interception results in comparison with native forest trees in the Coranderrk area. No results of experiments are known.
The two outside rows are planted in a grid are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. They are a contribution to the landscape by the sheer number of trees as well as containing possible the tallest Pinus muricata in Victoria.
Pinus muricata has a very restricted range; mainly being coastal California and some off shore islands. Their average height is 15-25 metres and rarely reaches 34 metres. Therefore these specimens are significant for their size
The Cement Creek plantation has been included on the Yarra Ranges Heritage Overlay as of state significance.
Spread (m): E-W 15; N-S 10
Girth (m): 3.4; average girth is 2.0
Height (m): 42; average height is 25
Estimated Age (yrs): 79
LEVEL OF SIGNIFICANCE
TREES1476DIAMETER2mHEIGHT - 54m
California Redwood or Coast Redwood
Yarra Ranges (VIC)
Cement Creek Road, Warburton VIC 3799
Date of measurement
30 Sep 2009
Date of classification
12 Nov 2017 STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCEThe Californian Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees were planted by the Board of Works in about 1930 following clearing of the original eucalypt forest. Trees planted were: Bishop Pine, Douglas Fir and Californian Redwood. Further plantings of Radiata Pine, Western Red Cedar and Redwood took place in 1960-63. The plantations were selected for experimental purposes as part of the Board's hydrogrogy research program. The Cement Creek plantations provided small lots in which to study the canopy interception results in comparison with native forest trees in the Coranderrk area. The results of experiments are not known.There are over 1476 trees ranging from 20 metres to the tallest being 55 metres. They are in good condition and as they are planted in a grid are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. They are a contribution to the landscape by the sheer number of trees as well as containing possibly the tallest and interesting Sequioa sempervirens in Victoria.
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