Looking At Landcare – 9/12/2016

Central West Lachlan Landcare were fortunate to have Mikla Lewis presenting at a Native Seed Collection workshop on Monday.

This workshop was possible through funding from the National Landcare Programme and provided by the Central West Local Land Services.

The next couple of months are usually the best time for seed collection in our area due to the warmer weather and many of the seed pods drying out ready for collection. Unfortunately, this is also the time where many have a focus on other endeavours and the time is not always available for seed collection.

We were fortunate to find many of the acacia and dodonaea plants in seed, but in some areas many of the shrubs have had significant growth after the rainfall that we have had, but have not formed seed or seed is not formed, which could be partially due to the rain again and lack of opportunities for pollination or a multitude of other reasons.

There are a few basic rules that need to be followed when you decide to collect seed. It is important that if you are collecting seed to increase indigenous vegetation, that you are collecting from at least ten plants in the area to maximise the genetic quality of the seed collected. Don’t take seed from diseased plants.

Obviously, if you see a fabulous plant on property that is not yours, you need to seek permission to collect seed or a plant. Make sure that you aren’t trampling other plants to get to it. Be aware of nesting sites, tree hollows or other habitat in the area.

When you are collecting seed and there seems to be a multitude of it there and you think you have hit the jackpot, stop and consider if you are taking more than 20% of the seed from the site or if you have collected more than 10% of the seed from one plant. Remember, that it is important for seed to be left for revegetation and food for animals and insects.

If you are after more information on guidelines for collection, florabank have fantastic resources on their website.

Still sticking with the Landcare theme, but on the topic of meetings and future plans for Central West Lachlan Landcare….we will be holding our final meeting for the year, which will be quite informal, on Wednesday, 21 December at our Office at 6pm, concluding with dinner. Committee members will be bringing a contribution towards dinner and we would love you to join us.

This meeting will include a ‘short’ re-cap on the year’s activities and an overview of our expectations for 2017. If you have been involved in any of the activities that we have run over the past 12 months or are hoping to be involved in the future. Please RSVP to 6862 4914 or email cwllpo@hotmail.com

We are also pleased to confirm that our meetings will be held alternatively in Forbes and Parkes over the next 12 months, commencing with our first meeting for 2017 at Forbes Services Club on Wednesday, 16 February and then 19 April, 15 June, 17 August and 19 October 2017. Our Parkes meetings will be held on 16 March, 18 May, 20 July and 21 September.

We usually leave our November and December meetings unbooked to work in with harvest and seasonal conditions and we have a break in January. Meetings are held at 6pm and we do require an RSVP so that we can accommodate visitors.

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

Until next week, happy Landcaring!

Our header picture was taken on our walk on a property just off the Eugowra Road. A great example of the difference between Black and White Cypress.