Land for Wildlife, sowing seeds of sustainability across Wingecarribee

8 December, 2023Posted in: Environment

This Spring, we gave away 2,800 native trees to Land for Wildlife members, to establish more wildlife habitat on private properties across our Shire. The tubestock was distributed from the Moss Vale Depot Community Nursery as part of our conservation-focused partnership with local property owners through the Land for Wildlife program, a straightforward way for landholders to support sustainability without entering into complex legal agreements.

“The habitat trees are provided for free to be strategically planted by property owners in areas that don’t naturally regenerate, serving as shelter belts, windbreaks, and an extension of vital wildlife corridors,” says Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Koala Officer Casey Taylor. “We ensure that our Land for Wildlife members receive tree species suited to their property and provide a holistic support system including access to technical advice and resources.”

By joining Land for Wildlife, you can make a valuable contribution to the conservation of our unique Australian native plants and animals, including Koalas, simply by using the free trees Council provides, to establish areas of wildlife habitat on your property. Participation is not legally binding and will not change the legal status of a property, and the program is free to join.

“Our Environment Team offer free site assessments, advise on management strategies and actions for your property, and support you to carry out nature conservation on your land,” Casey says. “Many of the local landowners we collaborate with can’t believe the improvements to their property are entirely voluntary and come at no cost, apart from their time and water for the plants until they are established.” 

The success of this approach is evidenced in the many local landholders taking part. Together, we’ve made great strides to sustaining biodiversity across Wingecarribee.

Local Land for Wildlife member, Tina Allen, has witnessed the compounding effect native habitat plantings can have on the fenced-out riparian zones on her family’s property in High Range. “The regeneration of our waterways after excluding our cattle and then planting the tube stock has been truly remarkable,” Tina says.

The trees we provide to property owners are propagated from seed collected locally. With climate change in mind however, we are exploring other seed sources from warmer, drier regions to build climatic resilience into the genetics of the plantings. Seed is grown at commercial nurseries as well as our nurseries at Moss Vale Depot.

Landholders actively participate in the process and let us know how many plants they feel they can realistically care for. Some contribute to data-driven conservation efforts by allowing Council to confidentially record the location of their plantings.

Many of the tree species we provided to members this year are also important Koala feed trees and are funded through the NSW Koala Strategy Southern Highlands Regional Partnership.

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