The following comes from Parks Victoria.

Help us eradicate willow and other noxious weeds from the Baw Baw and Alpine National Parks by participating in the West Gippsland Peatland Community Threat Surveillance Program, keeping an eye out for willows while you are visiting.

The Alpine Peatlands are a unique and fragile environment subject to a number of threats, one of which is pest plant invasion. Of particular interest are willows as they use more water than native plants and spread quickly, altering the hydrology of the peatland systems.

Willows are easily identifiable in autumn when their leaves are turning yellow and all you need to do is look out for willow infestations while you are in the Baw Baw and Alpine National Parks, take a photo if possible and report the general location by emailing peatlandsthreatsurveillance@parks.vic.gov.au.

Be diligent, if you see a willow this autumn report it and do your bit to protect these EPBC listed communities.

This project is jointly funded through West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Parks Victoria and the Australia Government’s National Landcare Programme.

For further information visit www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/our-region/projects/alpine-peatlands-2

[IMAGE: Leafless Sallow Willow seedling]