Cape Town - SANParks announced what progress has been made on Garden Route sections affected by the devastating Knysna fire.
The Harkerville section of Garden Route National Park was the most-affected area during the fires, and includes hiking and picnic spots. Ahead of holiday season, SANParks announced the status of trails, picnic areas and viewpoints.
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Kranshoek Picnic area is open to the public, but currently only portable toilets are available and drinking water from tanks should be available from 15 December 2017.
The Kranshoek Trail is still closed and should be open again by end of January 2018 after maintenance, rebuilding and rehabilitation work is done. Kranshoek Viewpoint is also still blocked off pending assessment reports from management and scientists.
Bookings are now open for the Harkerville Trail, however the coastal section of the trail is still closed, with an alternative scenic route opened on the coastal ridge.
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SANParks has also provided assistance to the town of Knysna with post-fire assessments using the Geographical Information System (GIS), which helped pinpoint high-risk areas that required urgent attention.
The Garden Route Rebuild (GRR) structure, headed by Western Cape's provincial department, has put many erosion mitigation measures in place, including education, identification of sites and halting the Invasive Alien Plant control until there's been some regrowth in the burnt scar.
GRR has also submitted project proposals to the National Disaster Management Committee for emergency funding.
The Garden Route and Knysna have already made headway to recovery for the region with a successful Knysna Oyster Festival that took place in July and through the use of mobile application services provider ComUnity, to assist the affected residents.
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