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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

Enhancing Land for Wildlife in the Lower Hunter

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Rob Suesse from Land for Wildlife presents Kara Matheson with a property sign 

Rob Suesse from Land for Wildlife presents Kara Matheson with a property sign The Mathesons breed Llamas on their 18 ha block in the Lower Hunter. The property is a link in the Lower Hunter Green Corridor and has a 2 ha patch of subtropical rainforest, which is rare for this region, and small patches of dry rainforest and dry sclerophyll forest. Through Stepping Stones, a Conservation Volunteers Australia team worked with the landholders to enhance the rainforest patch through lantana control and extend the area with infill planting of understorey species. In addition, four new stepping stones have been created across the property with a planting of 600 local indigenous trees. Inspired by these works, the Mathesons have now nominated their place as a Land for Wildlife property.

The Stepping Stones project supports landholders to engage in biodiversity conservation regardless of property size. The project aims to create or enhance patches of native vegetation that act as stepping stones for species movement across the landscape. These Stepping Stones provide key links between habitat and enable connectivity between larger conservation areas.