The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust is partnering with Landcare NSW to raise awareness on the importance of conservation on private land, and has funded the Private Land Conservation program in the Hunter Region for 2024.
The aim of the Private Land Conservation Matters Project (PLC Matters) is to encourage more landholders to implement best practice conservation management on their land. It is a statewide education program that will be delivered locally by Landcare. The program has been designed to work with the local conservation community, including BCT agreement holders and Landcarers.
Our first event is planned for 9th March at Duns Creek where we will be demonstrating techniques you can use on your property to detect koala activity and record on the I-spy app, including how to identify koala preferred Eucalypt species in this area. Find out about the NSW Koala Strategy, options available for private land conservation through the BCT and ways to improve habitat. Koalas can be tricky to locate and in some cases, landholders have lived on a property for decades and not realised koala were present. With over sixty percent of koala habitat in NSW being on private land, it is such an important resource for koalas that needs conserving.
The event is free of charge and is expected to be very popular, so get in early if you would like to attend by registering HERE.
Other events planned for this year include workshops on Eucalypt identification at Lake Macquarie in April, Dry Rainforest ecosystems at Maitland in June,and later in the year, Forest thinning for biodiversity, Caring for Country with Indigenous perspectives, Seed collection and plant propagation, Providing hollows using Hollow hog and Koala trees in the Upper Hunter.
Keep your eyes peeled on our monthly newsletter for more information.
This program is possible thanks to the shared work of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust and Landcare NSW under the Private Land Conservation Matters project.