The Scoop

NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference 

The Landcare NSW Muster and Conference was recently held in Broken Hill. Three of the HRLN committee had the privilege to attend an excellent few days. 

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Emerging Weed: Groundsel Bush

Groundsel bush is reputed to be poisonous to livestock although it seldom causes a problem because they rarely eat enough. However, livestock will lose condition rapidly if forced to graze it.

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Reflection: Weeds Conference

Weeds continue to be a big problem for NSW- What are the strategies, research and new products being developed? Are we effectively putting the ‘We’ in weeds across tenure?

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Spotlight: Singleton Community Gardens

Over 35 people from the Singleton community came together to take part in the Spring garden revamp. 

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New App: I Spy Koala 

A new app encourages users to record sightings of Koalas

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A Plant Nerd Answers: Processionary Caterpillar

The caterpillars nest in, on, or at the base of various trees leaving them to bury themselves in the ground and pupate.

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Job: Hunter Regional Landcare Coordinator

HRLN is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual who can enhance and expand regional landcare engagement with the community, landcare organisations, government and industry as part of a state-wide program.

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How Tea Bags Can Measure Soil Health

The Tea Bag Index (TBI), first published in 2013, can be used as a method of comparing the rates of decomposition of organic matter in soil.

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Spotlight on: Lake Liddell Landcare Demonstration Site

Since 2004, HRLN has conducted tree planting, mulching trials and salinity studies.

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Top 6 Workshop Topics – Survey Results

We recently conducted a survey to see what topics you would like workshops on in the future. Here are the Top 6 topics based on your responses.

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A Plant Nerd Answers: How to ID a Gum Tree

One of the first things we look at when identifying a Eucalypt (or close relative Angophora or Corymbia) is the bark, is it smooth? Rough, Stringy, Hard? Soft?

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My Community Project – Cessnock

Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council and Cessnock Council have collaborated and currently have a My Community Project under consideration for funding.

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Landcare Funding Deed 2019-2023

This program builds on the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative, a number of previous Landcare Support Programs and regional Landcare investment made through National Landcare Program and Catchment Action over the last four years and beyond.  

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Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) captured on camera!

Landcare volunteers assisted with the setup of wildlife cameras at Hunter River Reserve in Greta and captured a spotted quoll!

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Celebrating 30 years of Landcare in the Mulbring Valley

On Saturday, 1st June 2019 Mount Vincent Landcare Inc (MVLC) celebrated 30 Years of Landcaring in the Mulbring Valley. 

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Spotlight on … Dungog Common Landcare Group

Dungog Common Landcare Group (DCLG) operates under the auspices of the Dungog Common Recreation Reserve Manager (DCRRM) or what we call ‘theTrust’. Our workdays are spent caring for 260 hectares (600 acres) of Crown land on the northwest edge of the Township of Dungog. 

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Community Groups Combine to Form New ‘TEAM’

Members of Denman Community Garden, Muscle Creek Landcare and Penguin Garden Club met recently to form a new umbrella group called Hunter Sustainability Landcare TEAM (The Environment Always Matters). 

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30 Years of Landcare

To acknowledge 30 years of Landcare in the Hunter, HRLN is putting together a book and providing resource packs to current members.

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Ask a Scientist

Farmers for Climate Action is inviting all farmers to participate in the ‘Ask a Scientist’ project and pose your question to a panel of highly respected climate scientists. Current farming production systems have been forged in the face of great climate variability... read more

Community pitches in to plant trees in Scone

The reserve on Bhima Drive in Scone was a hub of activity on Friday 26th and Sunday  28th OCTOBER 2018 with over 150 students and families planting approximately 800 trees and shrubs. The event, sponsored by Bengalla Mining Company, was organised by Council staff with... read more