The Magic of the Forest Floor – As Is – Straight from the Camera
2717 Views – 16.03.2015
Despite the rain, the Goblin Forest Walk in The Blue Tier, North East Highlands National Park, Tasmania, Australia, was an amazing experience.
The Blue Tier has been the home to thousands of people who have lived, worked and died on the mountain. Tin was the reason the early pioneers came here. The tin lay in heaps behind rocks and in the creek and river beds. All the miners had to do was bag the ore up.
In their search for the tin-bearing rock, these early pioneers burnt most of the temperate rainforest which existed above the 600 metre level. When the mines were finished, the farmers over-grazed the grass areas which followed the burning, eventually the mosses took over.
Since the last grazing, around 1970, the mountain and its native animals have been successful in aiding the regeneration of the temperate rainforest. What you see today is the continuing struggle of the rainforest trying to return.
To appreciate the extent of the regeneration it is necessary to visit the various areas by following the well-defined walking tracks on the mountain. There are bogs, grassland, pure rainforest, regenerated rainforest, tea-tree swamps and areas dominated by celery top pine.
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