eNews 2 November 2018

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Malpas Catchment – support available for pasture monitoring

Rachel Lawrence SmallThe recent rainfall has given much of the Malpas Catchment a bit of a break from the dry conditions we’ve all been experiencing. Fingers crossed the good conditions continue. Whether or not they do though, pasture monitoring and feed budgeting is an essential tool to plan into the future.

Rachel Lawrence, Malpas Catchment Coordinator, has experience with pasture species identification (both native and exotic) and monitoring of pasture biomass and condition of the ground and litter layer. Rachel is available to provide support to small groups within the Malpas area who would like to implement pasture monitoring and feed budgeting. Rachel would work with graziers to follow the methodology put in place by Dr Judi Earl and Dr Lewis Kahn from Agricultural Information and Monitoring Services (AIMSAG). Small groups of three or so people is ideal, fewer is ok, but preferably no larger.

If this is of interest to you, please contact Rachel via email  or at the Southern New England Landcare office on 02 6772 9123.


Landcare Plantings Save Threatened Woodland Birds

CTGPosterA landcare project among local graziers is seeing them close a 23 km gap in habitat connectivity for threatened woodland birds and other fauna from Mount Butler and Invergowrie in the west to Gara Gorge and Dangars Falls in the east.

“Closing this gap in habitat is helping to save from local extinction, some very precious threatened woodland birds,” said Southern New England Landcare’s Karen Zirkler.

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Congratulations to David Marsh - 2018 National Landcare Individual Award Winner

David Marsh is a passionate individual who has used Holistic Management to change his life, the life of his family, and importantly, the condition of his land. In this 1-minute video, David shares the biggest changes that Holistic Management has made to his life: https://youtu.be/MGMQu57FZgA.

Southern New England Landcare ecourages members and friends to do the Holistic Management training. Find an educator here http://www.hmeducators.com.au/find-an-educator.php 

Strategies for coping with the adversity of drought - an invitation

Dry Dam 320The recent dry times have been a challenge far and wide for our region with a lot of media coverage of the struggles that people are having as a result. While these climate challenges are common for Australians on the land, there’s a fair chance with climate change that conditions like we’ve been seeing are going to become more frequent and intense. So we have an invitation for landholders in our area...

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Summer forage crop options

Forage Brassica aGlen Uebergang, Northern Tablelands LLS Mixed Farming Officer

With many parts of the Northern Slopes and Tablelands receiving useful rainfall recently landholders may be considering planting summer forage crops. These can be grown to provide a bulk of quality feed to reduce the pressure on recovering perennial pastures, assist in controlling weeds and preparing a seedbed for planting pastures the following autumn, or for hay and silage.

Summer forages can produce large amounts of feed from a smaller area. Options available include forage millet, forage sorghum, pennisetum, cowpea, lablab and brassicas.

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Bell's Turtles Forever in Our Region

Bells Turtle hatchling captive rearing programThe ‘Turtles Forever’ project, now in its third year of the ten-year project, is providing protection for the endangered Bell’s Turtle which is only found in the Namoi, Deepwater, Gwydir and Severn River systems.

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Your feedback sought on weed biocontrol

Landcare NSW has been engaged by NSW DPI to deliver a component of the Managing established Pest Animals and Weeds (MEPAAW) project through devolved grants to landcare in each region. These funds may be used for pest animal or weed control activities including biocontrol education and awareness.

To help guide activities and overcome any barriers to using biocontrol on weeds a survey has been developed for each region. Below is a link to the survey about weed biocontrol in the Northern tablelands. We invite you to provide your input! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Weed_Biocontrol_survey_Northern_Tablelands 


Calling all past GreenCorps or Green Army participants

The University of Newcastle is conducting a study to find out how young people are preparing themselves for the future. If you have been part of a program in the past, they would like to hear from you! Download the flier here.

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Grants & Opportunities

Small Grants for Rural Communities (FRRR)

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