Planned woodland pathways - connecting our endangered communities.

In September 2017 Central Tablelands Landcare was notified of their success in gaining funding through the 2016 round of NSW Environmental Trust Restoration and Rehabilitation program. We are excited to be able to build on our previous Biodiversity Fund and Environmental Trust programs to continue to offer support for landholders in our district to revegetate our local grassy box gum woodlands.

This project builds on from previous woodland revegetation projects in the Central Tablelands Landcare district. The project will focus on the creation of pathways to connect our grassy woodland remnants at a property scale. It covers not only the revegetation of grassy woodlands around isolated habitat trees, but also the planting of  "paddock triangles" to strategically connect remnant grassy woodlands on a property scale. The revegetation project will be supported with the undertaking of wildlife surveys (bird surveys and wildlife camera monitoring) to assist individual landholders to develop biodiversity plans for their properties. These biodiversity plans will be used to not only locate the best location for the planting undertaken in this project but will also develop a 10 year plan for further planting locations, designs and costings for each property into the future. A series of workshops will also promote our endangered woodlands and our local wildlife to the broader community.

Through the project we hope to achieve: This project will work with landholders to develop a whole of property "Biodiversity Plan" which will assist landholders in the identification of the best sites for revegetation using 1 hectare revegetation around existing habitat trees as well as smaller "paddock triangles" which will support the growth of one Eucalypt and a two shrub species. In total 12 ha of EECs will be revegetated around existing trees and 60 paddock triangles will be strategically established to link existing woodlands. As part of the biodiversity plan each landholder will develop a biodiversity layer on an aerial photo and will undertake a wildlife survey (bird survey and motion camera) to document wildlife on their property and to establish district baseline data for Central Tablelands Landcare. Another critical part of this project will be to raise the public profile and awareness of our EECs, threatened species and wildlife living in our district. This will be done through an educational workshop series that will focus on skilling landholders in birdwatching surveys and the use of motion sensor cameras.