We are delighted to be engaging schools in Land for Wildlife. Three schools keen to engage in wildlife awareness activities and enhancing habitat on their grounds are signed up to the program and taking part in our ‘Enhancing habitat’ for the Black-footed Tree-rats.
The schools currently involved are Howard Springs Primary School, Girraween Primary School and Milkwood Steiner School. All schools have received native trees that enhance habitat for the Black-footed Tree-rat and other wildlife who love fleshy fruits and nuts.
The Green Army and Emma (Land for Wildlife Coordinator) helped plant trees earlier in the year at both Girraween and Howard Springs schools and gave presentations to the classes.
Land for Wildlife also has given the schools nest boxes and spent time at Milkwood Steiner, where they painted the boxes and then were helped to install them in their bushland area, where they will be monitored by students.
A class at Howard Springs School spent their whole term researching about the Black-footed Tree-rat and even held an information stall at Girraween Sustainability day.
The newly planted trees get watered in at Howard Springs. These initial trees have been planted as part of the 20 Million Tree Program, funded by the federal Government, along with 5000 other trees planted on Land for Wildlife properties this year.
Land for Wildlife will continue to work with the schools and assist with wildlife enhancement projects and information
5000 trees have been planted on Land for Wildlife properties within our program to enhance habitat for the Black-footed Tree-rat
Over the wet season, mostly in January and February of this year we planted out over 5,000 tree species, grown by the Greening Australia plant nursery, that were chosen as a food source or habitat plant for the endangered Black- footed Tree rat (Mesembriomys gouldii), an NT native rodent which has been in decline over the last decade.
The project is run in collaboration with the Green Army and this fabulous team of young people helped plant out on 20 Land for Wildlife properties. The team also collected seed, propagated plants, assisted in the nursery and helped Land for Wildlife members in the program with some weed management.
We had a wonderful wet season and so the plants were given a good start and watering in. Landholders have also signed an agreement to look after the plants, keeping them watered until established and working on weed and fire management within the areas.
Above: The grand kids of Land for Wildlife members Margi and Digby, help a Green Army team member plant new trees at Howard Springs.
The team after another full day of Tree planting with Land for Wildlife members.
Land for Wildlife member Shelly from Herbert happy to receive her plants to re-vegetate a previously under cleared area.
The Green Army team at work planting at another property in Howard Springs
Land for Wildlife member Vanesha helps the team plant at her Humpty Doo property
There are over 20 native plant species being planted, including the Red Bush Apple (Syzygium suborbiculare
), Green Plum (Buchananaia obovata),
Billy Goat Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana),
Pandanus (Pandanus spiralis)
, Planchonia careya
and various Eucalypts and Acacias. This first property backs on to the Leanyer Swamp, some of which is set aside for conservation, making it a great wildlife corridor.
After 9 months of helping collect seed, propagate, care for plants and undertake nursery operations, the Green Army team met landholders and planted out the trees. The team learnt not only practical skills, but social ones too and they had the chance to hear the stories and see a snippet of the lives of many land managers and how they all interact and care for the natural world.
Our “Trees for Wildlife Program” got into the local news, with more tree plantings happening all the time through the monsoons with the Green Army helping with plantings….we will continue the program next year if more landholders would like to get involved. See the “Trees For Wildlife” Tab