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Grants on offer to help preserve woodlands

By Seymour Telegraph

Landholders in the Seymour region may be eligible for grants to help protect woodlands on their properties.

Grey box grassy woodlands are an important part of the natural environment and landholders who are willing to protect and improve the woodlands can apply for grants through the Linking Landscapes and Communities project.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s Jenny Wilson said the woodlands were important because of the habitat they provided for some of Australia’s endangered animals and plants.

‘‘They provide habitat for a range of species including nationally threatened swift parrots, regent honeyeaters, turnip copperburr and small purple pea,’’ Dr Wilson said.

‘‘As part of this project we’re providing incentives to landholders to carry out actions such as revegetation, pest plant and animal control, and fencing to manage stock access.’’

She said that landholders who had taken part in similar projects reported a range of environmental, social and economic benefits from the work they undertook to protect woodland on their properties.

‘‘As well as creating a healthy landscape and attracting native birds and wildlife, improving habitat will increase the chances of many species’ ability to adapt to changes in climate,’’ Dr Wilson said.

‘‘These types of activities also increase productivity and the value of farms; what we call nature at work. For example, the resulting increase in shade and shelter is great for protecting stock from extreme heat, cold or wind.

‘‘More native vegetation attracts insects that provide pollination, and managing weeds improves soil health.

‘‘Then there are the many wellbeing and lifestyle benefits of creating a more sustainable landscape for all of us,’’ she said.

The Federal Government’s National Landcare Program is providing the funding and the Linking Landscapes and Communities project is being managed by Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

Applications for the grants close on March 31 and any landholders interested in being involved in this project can find more information, eligibility criteria and the EOI form under the ‘Funding’ tab at www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or phone Dr Wilson on 58227700 or email [email protected]