Northern Tablelands Landcarers interested in ecological diversity and biodiversity came together last week when the Bush for Biodiversity event was held in Glen Innes.
With over 30 members attending from local networks across the Northern Tablelands, Landcare Coordinator with Gwydir and Macintyre Resources Management Committee (GWYMAC), Lee Thompson said the event’s topics ranged from plant identification to survey plotting and was an opportunity for community members to come together to learn more about the Partnering In Private Land Conservation Program, Landcare and the Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT).
Lee said: “We’ve had some great feedback with all looking to further engage in our program and learn more about biodiversity, Landcare and the BCT.
“Despite the weather posing some challenges on the day, everyone enjoyed the opportunity to come together for the benefit of the environment and our landholders,” said Lee.
Landcare NSW Partnering in Private Land Conservation Project Manager, Samantha Stratton said it was a fantastic day and she enjoyed the opportunity to hear first hand about the importance of biodiversity and community investment in conservation efforts.
“It was so interesting to hear about the actions that are being taken, and can be taken, to work to support biodiversity and conservation actions in the Northern Tablelands.
“The presenters and participants shared their wealth of experience, and the event was a great opportunity to further strengthen the ties between regional BCT staff and Landcarers.
“Community collaboration is a guiding principle of this program, and it was great to see the event engaging and educating the community about private land conservation efforts locally and across the state,” said Samantha.
“The Bush for Biodiversity in Glen Innes is just one of over ninety community events occurring across the state as part of the Partnering in Private Land Conservation Project across all regions.
“Regional Landcare Networks have been funded to develop networking, education and communication activities with private landholders across the state. These projects will build understanding of private land conservation and increase opportunities for regional Landcare and BCT staff and volunteers to meet and share their knowledge and skills with landholders,” said Samantha.
Private landholders will be provided with opportunities to network, participate in education and training activities and share their stories of conservation on their own land.
Landcare NSW is working in partnership with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust to raise awareness of biodiversity conservation and support private landholders in their conservation efforts across the state.
Media Enquiries, contact:
Jodie Lovell – Landcare NSW 0439 316 151
Lee Thompson – Gwymac Landcare (02) 6721 1241
Alice McGrath – Biodiversity Conservation Trust (02) 6229 7087