Looking At Landcare – 4/11/2016

We are very fortunate to welcome back Mikla Lewis to present a seed collection workshop on 15 November.

Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, Mikla will also be showing us how to undertake seed collection activities and getting a handle on how to use seed collection tools. Once the seed is collected, we will look at how to process, record and store seed.

Mikla owns just over a hundred hectares on the outskirts of Grenfell. She and her partner Wayne have the property listed under a Voluntary Conservation Agreement and since 2002 they have been restoring the vegetation and have planted over 4,000 endemic trees and shrubs on the property.

Wayne and Mikla are also Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES) members and they care for and release native animals on their property. In 2016 Mikla celebrated 30 years since she founded WIRES. If you haven’t heard about WIRES before, we will have a link from this article on our website with more information.

This workshop is possible through the Central West Local Land Services and will be held in at our office at Kelly Reserve, Parkes between 10am – 3pm. To RSVP, contact me on 02 6862 4914 or email cwllpo@hotmail.com

On a totally different subject, yesterday I was fortunate to be part of a review group for a new decision support system (DSS) that demonstrates the potential cost-benefits of rabbit control under varied scenarios.

When I was initially told about a ‘decision support system’ initially, I think that my eyes glazed over and I started thinking about places I’d rather be….but once I realised the benefits of the development of this system and how it has the potential to provide a good guide to landholders with decision making, particularly when it also provides a guide to the impact on the hip pocket for undertaking particular options, it got my attention.

This system is due for finalisation next year and has been overseen by the Invasive Animals CRC PESTSMART program.

We also received updates on the release RHDV K5 virus which will be released in March 2017 at controlled sites and will be released commercially approximately 2 months later. It is important that this is staged to be able to monitor its effectiveness after release.

If you would like more information about the program go to the PESTSMART website. Also check out the FeralScan community pest mapping program which can be used to record pest species, including cats, wild dogs, rabbits, foxes, starlings, goats and much more. These can also be recorded through Apple or Android Apps.

Project Leader, Peter West gave us an overview of the program and stressed that it is also important to record when you have gone to a site and seen no evidence of these pests, which provides a good baseline for future mapping

You may have seen in a separate article that the Department of Industry and the Office of Environment and Heritage with the support of Parkes Shire Council and Central West Lachlan Lanadcare are hosting a series of workshops that talk about the end of the solar bonus scheme and the steps that you can take to get the best out of your renewable energy.

This workshop is being held in the Coventry Room at Parkes Shire Council on Monday, 14 November between 5.30pm – 7.30pm and includes light refreshments. If you would like to book your seat, I have uploaded the link to our facebook page and via this article on our website. Don’t have internet access? Just give me a ring and I’ll book you in.

As usual, links to items in this article are available on facebook or on our website at http://www.centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

Until next week, happy Landcaring!