Book Review: Wayfaring in Wollemi by Andy Macqueen

Reviewed by Roger Lembit

Bushwalker and historian, Andy Macqueen’s, new book is about people who have travelled through and lived in or around the Wollemi wilderness. The Wollemi wilderness extends across about 4,250 square kilometres covering most of Wollemi National Park and a small part of Blue Mountains National Park, north of Bells Line of Road in the northern Blue Mountains. It forms part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Natural Effects

Dailan Pugh, Environmentalist and Artist
You know that exercise is good for you, though did you know its health benefits are greatly magnified if undertaken in a forest? Just standing in a forest taking in the view can improve your mood and cognitive function. Even sitting in a chair looking at a photo of the view is good for you.

NPA Mid North Coast Branch

Sue Baker, Bush Regeneration Project Officer, Mid North Coast Branch

Mid North Coast Branch is in its 39th year of bitou bush eradication and bush regeneration in the iconic coastal Crowdy Bay National Park. A severe bush fire ripped through the southern part of the park in 2013. This resulted in a mass germination of bitou seedlings. Not only did this undo years of hard work and financial investment but other fully-restored areas were under threat of reinvasion. The scale of the problem was beyond the capacity of our volunteers and NPWS to deal with. What on earth were we to do?

Citizen science update

Stephanie Clark and Margot Law, NPA Citizen Science Officers
NPA’s citizen science team has just got back from the 2018 Citizen Science Conference in Adelaide. NPA showcased its citizen science projects and won a highly commended award for our poster “Landholders ask: Who’s living on my land?” The conference filled us with enthusiasm and ideas for more citizen science activities and community based programs. Autumn is going to be a jam-packed season of citizen science activities – keep an eye on our Facebook and website for updates!

Remembering National Parks Staff

Alix Goodwin, CEO National Parks Association of NSW

National parks in NSW are managed and protected by dedicated and skilled staff and contractors of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). While to many this sounds like a dream job, it is one that comes with serious risks.