Building community capacity for the revegetation of our endangered grassy woodlands

COMPLETED - In November 2015 Central Tablelands Landcare was notified that we were success in gaining a grant through the Central Tablelands Local Land Services' Landcare Driving Sustainable Landuse - Landcare Incentive funding. The grant will support the running of a series of workshops and volunteer days to undertake the propagation of a range of local grassy woodland species and the establishment of our first seed production areas. This project will run from November 2015 - May 2016.

Through the Central Tablelands Local Land Services' Landcare Driving Sustainable Landuse - Landcare Incentive  Central Tablelands Landcare is just starting a great projects that will run a series of workshops on native plant propagation, seed collection, seed production areas (living seedbanks) and revegetation - all as it relates to the Central Tablelands area. The project will kick off in December 2015 and run through until the end of May 2016. Below is the summary of what we would like to achieve with the project - taken directly from our grant application.

"This proposal focusses on building our local Landcare community capacity to deliver revegetation projects in our two local Threatened Ecological Communities – namely White Box Yellow Box Blakely’s Red Gum Woodland and the Tablelands Snow Gum, Black Sallee, Candlebark and Ribbon Gum Grassy Woodlands. We aim to build community capacity to participate in the collection and propagation of a range of local native species to support some of our current revegetation projects (eg our current Environmental Trust grant and the work being undertaken by the Central Tablelands Skillset Green Army teams) through a series of workshops and volunteer activities. Also included in the project is the on ground development of 3 seed production areas – where we will establish plantings for seed collection in the future of up to 9 local shrub species that are difficult to collect seed from in the our local area owing to the areas over clearing and lack of remnant vegetation in these grassy woodlands. The establishment of these seed production areas will into the future provide not only biodiversity benefits but will help to ensure a more reliable supply of seed of some of our local shrub species and will reduce pressure from seed collection on what little remnant shrubs we have in our district.

These events will also promote the conservation and management of these two threatened ecological communities in our district and provide the community with options for learning the skills of local native plant identification, seed collection and propagation in our Landcare district.  This project will result in a more sustainable use of local native seed and better protection and management of our natural environment."

If you would like more information please contact Marita by email or on mobile 0429 979 780