Blue Mountains News
Protect Your Big Old Paddock Trees
The Lithgow Oberon Landcare Association (LOLA) is seeking expressions of interest from landholders to conduct on-ground works to protect mature hollow bearing paddock trees.
“This project will increase habitat for threatened species in the Lithgow Oberon region by safeguarding mature, hollow bearing trees and increasing the connectivity of these mature trees to other isolated paddock trees and clusters,” said Richard Stephens, Lithgow Oberon Landcare Coordinator.
“Mature, hollow bearing trees are particularly important for those species of animals, including many threatened species, which specifically require hollows for shelter and nesting on either a daily or seasonal basis,” explained Mr Stephens.
Threatened species in the Lithgow Oberon region targeted by this project include the Powerful Owl, Superb Parrot, Glossy Black Cockatoo and possums such as the Squirrel Glider, Yellow-bellied Glider and Greater Glider. The targeted mature tree species include White box, Yellow Box, Blakely’s Red Gum and Grassy Box.
Funding of up to $1,000 per mature hollow bearing tree is available to pay a fencing contractor to supply and install a fence around a single mature hollow bearing tree with a minimum protection area of 30m x 30m.
Multiple mature, hollow bearing trees within a cluster or paddock corner may also be eligible for funding of up to $1,000 per mature, hollow bearing tree as long the fencing around the protected area is outside the drip line of existing trees.
Note that funding for boundary fencing is not eligible and each protected area must be excluded from grazing for at least five, preferably ten, years. Conventional fencing is preferred with a minimum of 6 wire strands.
Expressions of interest are required by Tuesday 23 April 2019 and require tree locations to be identified, relevant photos along with a brief description of the proposed hollow bearing tree protection plan.
“Old, mature paddock trees and other small patches of native vegetation are critically important to the conservation of native fauna, by providing resources for foraging, shelter, roosting and nesting,” claimed Mr Stephens.
For more information and/or for a copy of the expression of interest form, please contact Richard Stephens – Landcare Coordinator on 6354 9999 or
Lithgow’s Youth Week 2019 event, titled Fab Fun Day Out, was a hit wit...
Each year the Australian National Trust in partnership with the Australian...
Footy fans will be able to leave their fold up chairs in the car, with...
The Morrison Government will establish a new headspace in Katoomba to...
A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to...
Botanical Theatre Studio, Gallery & Garden Enjoy autumn in the Artist's garden. Book tix via www.botanicaltheatre.com.au
Think Conveyancing Blue Mountains A conveyancing-only law firm, where top priority is to maximise your savings while minimising your legal risk. Call now
Glenbrook Cinema Sometimes Always Never and Captain Marvel until 24 April; Wonder Park until 29 April. All seats $12.50! Book online now.
Eagle View Escape Ask about our 'ditch your device' campaign. Willing to sacrifice your devices for the weekend?
Endellion A beautifully decorated mountain cottage in a private sunny garden on a quiet tree lined street in Leura.