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 Post subject: Taming aliens in Tankwa
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:23 am 
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The HR’s of the Boland region have taken up the challenge to get rid of the Alien Invaders in the Tankwa Karoo National Park. Well, getting rid of all the Prosopis glandulosa (Honey Mesquite, a North American invasive) is wishful thinking at this stage, but with the equipment supplied by the AITG (Alien Invasives Task Group of the HR's), it is a project which is well on its way.

11 HR’s and applicants declared war against these (very thorny) trees, and got to work during the last weekend of June. The men handled the brush cutters, chainsaws and loppers, while the women treated the stumps and tallied the number of plants. The result was quite staggering: this small group of people managed to cut and treat approximately 1900 plants of various sizes.

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Honorary rangers accessing the Prosopis stand, noticing what they are in for.

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Willie Engelbrecht properly “ambushed” by the Prosopis. Thank goodness for chainsaws and brush cutters!

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Francois Kloppers “stalking” the Prosopis. These alien invaders in the Tankwa could not believe what hit them.

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The group of HR’s from the Boland region who stood up against the thorns of Prosopis glandulosa in Tankwa National Park.


As Phil Viljoen, project manager, said: “We will continue to eat this elephant (or is it a porcupine?) bit by bit!”

Hannelie van As

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 Post subject: Re: Taming aliens in Tankwa
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:23 am 
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:clap: :clap: Well done Boland HRs :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Taming aliens in Tankwa
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:04 am 
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:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

having just had the most fantabulous trip to Tankwa its wonderful to know that the aliens are being removed.

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