The Pine Tree Project

09 Apr 2010 13:27 #1115 by gollum
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Yes, BergAttie has a good point there. If possible, I'm in as well.

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09 Apr 2010 13:55 #1116 by tiska
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There are also some big planations (not sure if they are pine) near
29 02 11 S
29 29 29 E
that is east of Monks Cowl and 16 km from the escarpment in the Injesuthi/Monks Cowl boundary.
I wondered if anyone had seen alien vege in this area?

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09 Apr 2010 16:31 #1120 by BergAttie
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I like the moment building here guys! Lets wait to hear back from EKZNW via domsmooth. If no action from them and we can help I offer to coordinate teh project from Estcourt. I will eb able to get some locals involved as well.

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03 Jun 2010 09:33 #1339 by BergAttie
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Any feedback yet domsmooth?

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14 Jun 2010 21:23 #1388 by intrepid
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My understanding is that the response is positive, but it seems to need time to go through the proper channels. We'll see.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.

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03 Jul 2010 14:00 #1436 by domsmooth
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So far the response has been incredibly positive. There are obviously a couple of things that need to be ironed out, since this is a potentially hazardous exercise, and there are certain protocols Ezemvelo has in place in terms of their own alien clearing projects. I am just awaiting further clarity on that before I can give the go ahead to Attie to begin the co-ordination of VEs efforts (Thx Attie... :grin:).

I am really pleased as well with the apparent energy the members of this forum have thrown their weight behind this. I am stoked that there are so many who would be willing to give of their time to help maintain the Berg in a pristine state.

Watch this space.

Lets all help maintain the values for which the Berg was proclaimed a World Heritage Site

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28 Jun 2011 17:14 - 02 Jun 2015 08:06 #3217 by intrepid
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This is an initiative to monitor and ultimately eradicate pine trees in the Drakensberg which was born out of discussion and activities detailed in the following 2 threads:
* Alien invasion
* VE Berg trip

This thread serves as a place to discuss the issue and to build a knowledge base of the location and status of pine trees in the Berg.

If you spot a pine tree in the Berg, please post as much info as possible about it on this thread (location, size, numbers, condition). Photos are best. These should ideally be uploaded to the Pine Tree gallery . Exact co-ordinates if you have a GPS handy, or even approximate co-ordinates, are very valuable. These will be stored in a GPX file. Feedback on the condition of trees that have been ring-barked or cut down previously is also important (to check that the ring-barking is working and for any juvenile trees springing up).

If you intend tackling some trees on an upcoming Berg trip, it is very important to first get permission from KZN Wildlife. This venture is strictly in co-operation with them. Contact me via PM to arrange this. It is then important that you have adequate knowledge and tools for doing the job properly. There must be photos and a tally of the number of trees and their exact location. These should be posted on this thread, and they are also sent to KZN Wildlife for their database.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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28 Jun 2011 19:04 #3219 by ghaznavid
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Walked past 2 pines about 500m from the Monk's Cowl car park in the forest at the start of Sphinx path.

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29 Jun 2011 16:52 #3230 by intrepid
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@ghaznavid: Yes that little forest right at the start has already seen a number of pines removed. I think the two you are referring to have been ring-barked? One of them is rather large and seems pretty healthy still inspite of the ring-barking. On the VE trip in March zen101 improved on the ring-barking a little. This is an example why it is worth checking up on trees to make sure they really are dying.

If anyone is heading up to Keith Bush Camp, please check out the 9 big pines in the Mhwlazini valley which are below you on your right (if heading up to the camp), upstream of Gatberg. These were tackled in March and I'm curious to know if the winter has given them a knock yet. There are also about 4 isolated pines in this area which haven't been done yet, so if anyone is keen, let me know.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.

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30 Jun 2011 06:01 #3232 by GWilky
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Mmmm, this is a great subject!

1. The pass just south of organ pipes, i think its tutumi pass is riddled with them i think i counted 15 big ones, scattered down the valley to Philips pholly.

2. Base of Rhino Pass just before the sandstone ends, has a little forest developing.

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