Through education, field days and on-ground projects Upper Snowy Landcare works with local landholders to protect and preserve our beautiful region.

Home to the Snowy River, an icon of the Australian landscape, Upper Snowy Landcare is located in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The area covers the towns of Jindabyne, Dalgety, Berridale, Nimmitabel & Cooma, a highly productive agricultural region that also encompasses some of the most valuable native grasslands in Australia.

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Upper Snowy Landcare is working on a range of environmental and natural resource management issues.  These include tackling dieback, maintaining and restoring biodiversity in our native grasslands; sustainable grazing; managing weeds and pest animals; erosion control; rehabilitating rivers and riparian zones; revegetation and drought management.

The Upper Snowy Landcare Committee has five active landcare groups; MacLaughlin River Landcare, Berridale-Rocky Plain Landcare, East Jindabyne Residents Committee and Snowy River Landcare as well as the Jindabyne Community Garden.

Through education, field days and on-ground projects Upper Snowy Landcare works with local landholders to protect and preserve our region.  If you would like to join landcare or volunteer to help on local projects contact our local Landcare Co-ordinator, Lauren Van Dyke on 0411 402 978.  If you would like more detailed and up to date information of the USL projects go to the Upper Snowy Landcare website www.uppersnowylandcare.org.au or find us on Facebook.

Projects

This project aims to address the extensive tree dieback phenomenon (within a 5,000 sq km region in SE NSW) that has continued to shock the Monaro region since around 2005. The dieback phenomenon is influenced by many factors but appeared to be initiated by a decade long drought that occurred for most of the 2000’s and which ultimately led to trees being defoliated by the Eucalypt weevil and that was ultimately responsible for tree death. Many thousands of dead (and still dying) trees scar the mostly open landscape. The species most affected is Eucalyptus Viminalis (Ribbon Gum/ Mana Gum) - a most majestic and extremely large tree species that provides many resource values. We intend to tackle the problem of dieback by recreating native vegetation plots (using best practice and locally adapted planting methodologies) on 10 plots in visible locations within the dieback affected area. For two plots we intend to engage an indigenous land manager to perform cool winter burns to encourage natural regeneration.

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