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The Pines Campground at Araps - What's happening! 15-Feb-2012 At 2:25:46 PM Old_Man
Everyone has strong feelings about the Pines, and that says something obvious about their attractiveness. They'd almost qualify for a heritage listing. The number of exotic self-sown pines in the Wimmera is very small, after many decades; eg have a look from Plantation Crag in the Gramps. A weed is only a plant growing in the wrong place. In these hard times, mature trees shouldn't be removed without very good reason; they do take a long time to replace. In the Youies some years back, a mature, healthy pine near the Turntable car park, giving great shade for the bbq spot, was chopped out and not replaced - not even by boneseed. We also know something about 'maintenance' culling at the Pines:- in 1992 the red flowering gum in the top RH corner was cut down for no good reason (see Wild editorial). Radiata pines are excellent for camp grounds, they're hardy and keep weeds down; and they don't burn well either! Leave 'em alone.

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