Today we heard that we were successful in all three of our 20 Million Trees grant applications!
Ross and the team have worked very hard to develop projects to meet the requirements of the National Landcare Programme 20 Million Trees Project and deliver strong environmental outcomes for our area.
The three projects will start in 2016 and Green Army teams will be established to assist in undertaking the work.
All projects will use a combination of tubestock planting and direct seeding to reconstruct habitat types. GWLAP will team up with community based Community Nurseries Networks and other groups to help propagate and establish the plants.
Green Army participants will be involved in all aspects of the projects including seed collection, plant propagation, site preparation, plant establishment, maintenance and monitoring. The teams will also undertake threat abatement activities such as weed control within and surrounding the project areas to enhance environmental outcomes. The Green Army teams will be managed by Workskil Australia Inc.
All three projects will be undertaken on a combination of private and publicly owned lands, in areas that are known biodiversity hotspots due to the presence of EPBC listed ecological communities, flora and fauna.
GWLAP 20 Million Trees projects:
Connecting Catchment to Coast – this project will reconstruct pre-clearance vegetation types on 24 Ha of cleared land adjoining the internationally recognised Ramsar zoning of the Coorong and Lower Lakes region. It will provide vital habitat for declining woodland birds and nationally threatened native plant and animal species including Orange-bellied Parrot, Southern Bell Frog and Silver Daisy Bush.
Kanmantoo to Wattle Flat – connecting endangered Peppermint Box Woodlands sites – Peppermint Box Woodlands will be reconstructed on 22Ha in the eastern foothills and plains in the Mount Lofty Ranges. Community Landcare groups, farmers, members of the public and 4WD clubs will be involved in the project, particularly planting tubestock.
Reconstructing priority ecosystems in a SE Mt Lofty Ranges biodiversity hotspot – 20 Ha of land adjoining high value remnant vegetation in the Kyeema Conservation Park will be revegetated with pre-clearance vegetation types. The project will connect previous revegetation and remnant vegetation to provide vital habitat for declining woodland birds and nationally threatened species. Community groups, a 4WD club and local school students will be involved in activities.
GWLAP is looking forward to a very bright 2016 – the opportunity to continue working to improve and increase natural habitat within our area.