10 December 2015
Biodiversity and production benefits of native vegetation prompt a tree giveaway!
North West Local Land Services are giving away trees to highlight the benefits of native vegetation in the landscape.
"Native vegetation provides shelter for livestock, habitat for native animals and locks up atmospheric carbon dioxide," explained North West Local Land Services, Senior Land Services Officer Reegan Walker.
"The benefits of native vegetation in the landscape are becoming increasingly appreciated, which has led to many people in the region, to start planting trees," said Reegan Walker.
"Recent research into the benefits of native vegetation in cropping situations suggests it provides habitat for predatory insects that consume very significant amounts of crop pests which means cropping yields are higher," said Reegan.
Landholders, schools, non-government organisations and other interested community members are encouraged to apply for the trees by completing the application form on North West Local Land Services website
North West Local Land Services have available over 30 different native species for the tree giveaway, with up to 1000 seedlings available for each applicant.
"Planting trees that are local to the region is extremely important as locally occurring species have characteristics that make them able to survive the regions variable weather," said Reegan.
"Successful tree planting is all about preparing the site properly which is why applications are being sought now so that people have time to prepare their sites for a winter planting," said Reegan.
Currently available online is a video featuring tips for successful tree planting and fact sheet Site preparation guidelines describing how to prepare a site for tree planting so that the trees have an increased chance of survival.
Applications close on the 12th of February 2016 for the tree giveaway and the seedlings will be available for pick up by the applicant in winter 2016.
The project is funded by the Brigalow Nandewar Biolink's project, supported by the Australian Government's Biodiversity Fund.
Image: Students from GS Kidd School in Gunnedah planting trees from last year's tree giveaway.
For further information, please contact:
Reegan Walker, North West Local Land Services' Senior Lands Services Officer
Phone: 02 6742 9216