Landcare celebrates success of tree corridor

Kylie Reeves will be planting new trees to improve shade, shelter and habitat connectivity to the Grassy Box Woodland in the background.
Kylie Reeves will be planting new trees to improve shade, shelter and habitat connectivity to the Grassy Box Woodland in the background.

In National Landcare Week, Central Tablelands Local Land Services is celebrating the success of the Driving Corridor Connectivity project in partnership with Mid Lachlan Landcare.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services is providing $10,000 this year to support Mid Lachlan Landcare's collaboration with landholders to increase landscape connectivity.

Remnant native vegetation is scarce across the Central Tablelands, and Mid Lachlan Landcare Coordinator, Tracee Burke, says even the old solitary paddock trees that remain in our heavily cleared landscape are starting to die off.

Mid Lachlan Landcare has been recruiting local landholders, such as Kylie and James Reeves from Gooloogong, to come to the rescue.

With financial assistance through Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Kylie and James are planting a combination of canopy, understory and groundcover species to extend a six hectare remnant of Box Gum Grassy Woodland on their property, Warrigal Park.

"We're also going to add more scattered trees in our open paddocks," said Kylie.

"The aim is to create a connection across the property from the Box Gum Grassy Woodland through to the riparian vegetation along the Lachlan River on our boundary."

The plantings will further enhance connection to neighbouring roadside vegetation which joins heavily vegetated hills that lead on to the Nangar National Park.

"When there are no trees, the paddocks are so exposed. This is about trying to do our little bit, as well as providing shade and shelter for our stock," Kylie said.

"We've done a lot of tree planting since we moved to this property in 2001, and as the seasons keep getting hotter, the trees are more and more important for coping with severe summers for our stock and also for the wildlife."

"The last summer was horrendous and you wish you could put trees up like an umbrella, but unfortunately it's a much longer process to restore trees in the landscape.

"We really appreciate the support we've had from Landcare and Local Land Services to continue our revegetation work."

Vegetation corridors and paddock trees across the landscape provide significant benefits for farmers as well as for conservation, creating shade from fierce summer heat for livestock and crops, and shelter from winter frosts and wind.

For more information about the benefits of tree planting for improved farm productivity and habitat connectivity, contact Tracee Burke at Mid-Lachlan Landcare on 0417 799 425, or Bruce Christie at Central Tablelands Local land Services on 0429 986 434.