Looking At Landcare – 29/4/2016

Hi Landcarers

Here’s hoping that some rain finds you over the weekend.

It was great to spend time at Bedgerabong this week with high school agriculture students from our area and beyond learning about pigs, pig handling, housing and management.

I enjoyed spending time with students talking about Landcare and hearing their thoughts on pig raising.

The next National Parks Association walk will be held on Wednesday 4 May at Basin Gully, Weddin Mountains National Park. Walkers must meet at the Forbes Railway Station at 8.45am. This is a medium to hard, 5 kilometre walk. If you are intending to walk, please contact walk leader Peter Cannon on 02 6866 1225.

Walkers are reminded to bring along enough food and water for the entire day as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. A pair of good binoculars and a fold up chair is recommended. A $2.00 donation for each walker is appreciated.

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW are presenting a workshop on the new Biodiversity legislation on Saturday, 7 May in Dubbo. Click here for more info.

The workshop will look at how this legislation will impact on our region changing how Crown Lands are managed and writing a new Central West Regional Plan. This workshop is aimed at bringing the community together from across the region, to learn about what the proposed changes mean for nature.

Topics will cover the Draft Central West and Orana Regional Plan – what does it mean for your region? The Draft Biodiversity Conservation Act – how will native vegetation be protected across NSW and what are the pitfalls of the proposed laws? The proposed changes to Crown Land management – are they good or bad for our public lands and wildlife.

We had an excellent turn out for our Seed Collection workshop on Thursday. Mikla Lewis helped us to identify different plant species and we looked at seed collection techniques.

We hope that this is the start of larger seed collection programs in the Central West Lachlan Landcare area as it would be wonderful to be able to access indigenous seed for future tree planting projects.

If you require any further information regarding anything in this column please feel free to contact me on 02 6862 4914 or email cwllpo@hotmail.com

Until next week, happy Landcaring!

Posted in: L@L