8000 trees have been planted for wildlife!
5000 trees were planted in the wet season 2016-2017 and now 3000 more have been planted so far this wet season on Land for Wildlife properties with more to be put in the ground over the next few weeks.
The plants are 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, and have been planted on over 20 participating Land for Wildlife properties which have cleared or degraded land. These properties are found in Darwin, Howard Springs, Humpty Doo, McMinns Lagoon and Darwin River.
The program is assisted by the Green Army who have collected seed, propagated plants and planted them, as well as doing some weed management on properties involved in the enhancement program.
In August our 3rd Green Army team joined up and helped the program and landholders, with some familiar faces returning!
The team learn to collect seed for the project
Shay sorting seeds
The last day of planting for the year
At the graduation
Meeting the Black-footed tree-rat at the Territory Wildlife Park
I wish all our participants the best for the future and that all our trees grow and propser and support the Black-footed tree-rat and other wonderful creatures
Here are some Thank you notes from our members-
Just wanted to say a huge massive thank you for all your hard work over the last 3 days on my property. I have embarked on a huge job, the weather has been very hot and humid but you have turned up every day and planted, mulched and water the plants with out complaining. Over 700 trees were planted so well done. If I can you give you one piece of advice on buying a property. Do not buy a cleared block, it’s way too much work. buy a natural block.All the best for the future. I hope you find your dream job and thank you once again for your hard work.
Jodie and Chris
I would like to say THANKYOU for your fantastic contributions, not only to our block in your help with mission grass eradication, but your efforts across the top end. Don’t underestimate the value of your hard work and sweat! It is these efforts that have a lasting impact on ensuring high biodiversity in flora and fauna here in the NT.
Whether you choose to continue in the field of land management or completely different endeavours in the future, the skills and knowledge you have gained can be used, built upon and shared with others around you to the benefit of our natural environment. I wish you all the best.
Please pass on our thanks and best wishes to the Green Army Team.
Their work at Leanyer Drive is really appreciated.
All plants are still alive from earlier this month.
I also would like to thank the green army for there dedication and commitment to community and the environment. Thank you Emma and the Land for Wildlife team for your tireless work. It is always appreciated in the rural blocks xx
Lakeside Drive Community Garden wishes to thank the Green Army for planting and watering the native trees at our site this year. We appreciate your hard work, professionalism and enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing the trees grow over the wet and maybe even spotting a Black-footed tree rat. Best wishes for 2018.
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