Murrumbidgee Landcare is a grass-roots, umbrella organisation in the Murrumbidgee catchment.
The Cross Property Planning project was developed to link and extend fragmented remnant vegetation across property boundaries to protect and enhance biodiversity and habitat. Cross-property plans were prepared to establish the most effective contribution each property could make to habitat connectivity. From these plans protection, revegetation and management activities were initiated. Incentive funding was provided to landholders to commence these works.
To date, 662 hectares has been revegetated and 660 hectares of remnant vegetation protected, while more extensive areas have been managed for weeds and pests.
The collaboration and partnerships involved in this project, engaging 98% of the region’s landholders, has been key to delivering impressive landscape-scale change.
Winners’ comment: ‘This Award provides recognition for the significant effort made by our small project team and dedicated landholders to help restore native habitat on farms. Our project has had positive results for the environment, and has rebuilt important connections within our community. We hope that by showcasing our work, others will be inspired to work towards integrating conservation with agricultural production’. Jacinta Christie, Project Manager, Murrumbidgee Landcare.