The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) has been very active with bushfire recovery and restoration, providing funds to Greening Australia along with many other nurseries in the region to grow masses of plants of local native species.
With funds from FNPW, Upper Snowy Landcare Network (USLN) put its hand up to disseminate 10,000 tree and shrub give-aways to interested local landholders. All up, 47 landholders responded and received an average of 200 plants each.
The project is almost complete, thanks to Bernie and Michelle McDonald from Rock Flat who agreed to look after the seedlings at their property and helped facilitate the trees going out. USLN also helped by covering the cost of the tree guards which are necessary for the survival of seedlings in the Snowy Monaro.
Margaret Mackinnon, USLN Chair says, “The reality of landholders planting trees themselves is really encouraging. Ground preparation, planting, guarding, watering and follow-up care does take time and is a big commitment. Some of the landholders took bold steps to plant biodiversity sized plots. We hope to do it again next year.”
USLN also helped by providing their ’USLN tree and shrub planting guide for the Monaro’ which tells people everything they need to know to establish their own biodiversity plot.
FNPW is the charity partner of Australia’s national parks. They are a non-government organisation with a mission to safeguard our ecosystems, wilderness, and flora and fauna now and for future generations.
To keep abreast with Upper Snowy Landcare Network’s efforts, please find us on Facebook or go to www.uppersnowylandcare.org.au and join.
For information on the USLN contact:
Lauren Van Dyke
Upper Snowy Landcare Coordinator, 0411 402 978
Photo 1:The White family enjoyed the planting experience. Photo 2: Robin Leevers and Tony Trumm planted out a whole hill.