Welcome to Willow Warriors
Who are Willow Warriors & what do we do?
Willow Warriors is an Adventure Conservation Group. Our volunteers seek to combine the excitement of white-water rafting, flat water kayaking and having fun in the outdoors with Landcare conservation activities.
Whilst the groups Organisational goal is very broad our current activities fall into two categories:
We paddle rivers and wetlands in rafts or kayaks to map and, where possible, treat seeding willows like black willows and grey sallow willows in south east New South Wales to prevent them spreading into National Parks and other areas of high conservation value. Where we map large infestations of seeding willows we report them to the regional weed committee, public land owner and CMA to take action, and after primary control assit with ongoing monitoring
Whilst monitoring rivers and wetlands the for seding willows we also assit locala landcare groupw with weed mapping and followup treatment of other environmental weeds in areas of high conservation value
For information on other Adventure Conservation projects click on this link
- Include Kayaking on flat water sections of rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands and whitewater rafting on higher grade rivers. We specialise in volunteering in difficult to access river reaches in national parks and wilderness areas although we also paddle on rivers flowing through privately owned property. This allows us to map and treat willows without inconveniencing landowners and land managers.
- Include one day activities, car camping weekends, and remote area over-night and multi-day trips.
- Help young people interested in conservation voluntering get involved amd gain experience though helping other Landcare groups with their projects
These activities combine outdoor activities with river restoration by:
- Map the location and numbers of invasive willows and other invasive species along the river or wetland.
- Treat the invasive willows and other weeds where we have permission.
- Assist with re-vegetation of willow sites.
- Follow up and monitor sections of rivers where willow or other environmental weed control has taken place.
- arranging paddles with young landcarers to sites where they can help other landcare groups or landowners with their projects.
See the group on ABC Landline through Iview when we paddled the Hawkesbury Source to Sea journey in 2011
Where do we paddle and volunteer?
Our volunteers currently come from across south east NSW and the ACT to attend activities on whitewater rivers across the Hawkesbury Nepean, Southern Rivers Murrumbidgee and Murray Catchment Regions. Our Activity Photos page has a comprehensive lists of waterways they we paddle.
Here are some placestories (slideshows with a narration) about the Willows Out of our rivers Program and the rivers we paddle to protect.
Here is a link to our Utube channel
Would you like to know more?
Answers to the questions you might have about the group , our projects and activities can be found on the frequently asked questions page .
If you would like to get involved contact us to join our group and register for an activity.
We also have a twitter account willow_warrior but we are can not fit the amount of fun we have into 140characters
Willow Warriors projects to protect the environment and specifically our water ways have several corporate and government agencies funding our various projects.
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