Photo Credit – Phillip Weyers
We are excited to have a little bit more funding to continue the fantastic work everyone has been doing to put scattered paddock trees back into our farms. Planting trees, for the future, to help the Superb Parrot plus many other species in the long term. Some of the key threats to the Superb Parrot are the loss of living and dead hollow bearing trees and poor regeneration of nesting trees.
The aim of this funding is to build on the work done for this project in 2018/19. To enhance areas of our highly cleared landscape in the Mid Lachlan Landcare region by further developing connectivity through the landscape to improve movement and habitat of the Superb Parrot and other local fauna. The trees must be planted within 30m of each other and preferably connect remnants i.e., roadside vegetation and an existing mature paddock tree.
Most of you would now be very familiar with the paddock tree work and the mesh we have been using to construct the guards. The cost of this mesh and star pickets has increased significantly during the last 2 years. We can offer the trees plus 50% off the cost of the mesh and star pickets for this project. There are more details in the attached Expression of Interest (EOI). Construction and installation of the guards plus planting of tube stock is to be completed by you. Hopefully we will get a couple of farm depot offers again and will have tractors to load the mesh onto your vehicles when you are ready to collect.
We cannot give exact pricing until all EOI’s are received, assessed and prioritised. The current indication is that a 50% contribution by participants for one large roll of mesh and the pickets needed should work out to be about $450 and less for the shorter mesh rolls. (fingers crossed no more steel price rises in the meantime)
We really hope you would like to be part of this project. If you are not familiar with these tree guards or have any questions, please just give me a call and I can talk you through it.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone in the region you think might also be interested in taking part in this project.
We are looking forward to receiving your expression of interest.