Swapping steering wheels for shovels
09 November 2016
Four wheel drivers are demonstrating their green credentials, swapping steering wheels for shovels to take on a tree planting and environmental rehabilitation project on The Glen near Burraga in the Abercrombie River State Conservation Area.
The Glen contains populations of the endangered Booroolong frog and Macquarie Perch as well as other native species such as platypus, water rats, koalas, gliders, and spotted tail quoll.
Eighteen Four Wheel Drive (4WD) volunteer groups from NSW and ACT 4WD Vehicle Clubs are working with Central Tablelands Local Land Services and the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) to rehabilitate degraded bushland at The Glen, in collaboration with the Frogs, Fish, Flora and Fresh Flowing Water project which targets seven endangered species across five Local Land Services regions in NSW.
“The integrated cooperation between local people and agencies like NPWS and Local Land Services is a big step forward for conservation with a much greater focus on everyone coming together to work towards common goals on target species recovery,” said Casey Proctor from Central Tablelands Local Land Services.
According to Lee Dunstan, President of the Black Diamond Recreational 4WD Club, the Four Wheel Drive Clubs are delighted to be involved in rehabilitation project.
“The Abercrombie Reserve is such a diverse area and has so much to offer 4WD enthusiasts, and through our close relationship with National Parks Ranger Jules Bros, we’ve learnt new skills to enhance our environment whilst enjoying what we love to do,” said Mr Dunstan.
The four wheel drivers assisted with a site cleanup that took place earlier in the year to remove old car bodies and other rubbish on The Glen, and they’ve been back at the site over the weekend working on a spring revegetation project sponsored by the Taronga Zoo – Boeing Project Habitat.
NPWS Ranger, Jules Bros, worked with the 4WD volunteers to plant river bank species such as wattle trees and mat rushes, restoring habitat for rare and endangered species like the Booroolong frog, while also reducing erosion and improving water quality in the river.
“It’s fantastic to have the 4WD groups embracing the conservation cause with us, and it really demonstrates their interest in taking care of the bush and the natural environment.”
“We also greatly appreciate their cooperation in helping us to control vehicle access in the reserve. Some areas are particularly fragile and need to be protected from erosion and potential damage so we are liaising closely with the 4WD groups about how to manage these sites.”
“Over the summer we’ll employ contractors and NPWS staff to remove willows along 30 km of river frontage, ahead of a large scale autumn planting of native species which will again involve the 4WD Clubs.”
Central Tablelands Local Land Services has facilitated funding for the upcoming willow control work as well as machine ripping to prepare the site for planting.
“There are so many people and agencies involved in this project, the mixture of private individuals, community groups, and government organisations is a wonderful example of cooperation and collaboration that benefits everyone in the long run,” said Ms Bros.
For more information about the 'Frogs, Fish, Flora and Fresh Flowing Water' project contact Casey Proctor on 0429 110 072 or Jules Bros on 0407 210 971.
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