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Rural Landholder Initiative field days back on track after flood

Lismore City Council will hold its first Rural Landholder Initiative field day for 2017 on Friday, 19 May 2017 following cancellation of the first planned event due to flooding.

The Rural Landholder Initiative is a major project under the Biodiversity Management Strategy to help local farmers, growers, and lifestyle landholders restore biodiversity on private land. The field days provide an opportunity for local landholders and farmers to meet people facing similar challenges, learn new techniques for best-practice farming, and network with others.

The first free event on 19 May 2017 will be the Wild Dogs and Restoring Biodiversity Field Day.

“It’s a great shame we had to cancel our first event for graziers and dairy farmers, but we will reschedule for later in 2017,” Environmental Strategies Officer Kate Steel said.

“Our first field day will now target macadamia orchardists and look at good farming techniques and wild dog management. This is a great chance to join growers working to improve soil health, productivity, and manage native habitat and pest animals on their properties.”

Topics to be covered include soil carbon and soil health improvements in the local macadamia industry; improving koala corridors through orchards through restoration techniques and species selection; local Landcare works; organic techniques in wild dog, fox, and feral cat control; and options for monitoring and controlling wild dogs and other pest animals, including the use of remote camera technology.

The Wild Dogs and Restoring Biodiversity Field Day is on Friday, 19 May 2017 in Whian Whian from 9am to 12pm. All field days are free, and lunch is included.

To RSVP to any field days phone 1300 87 83 87 and Council will provide the property location.

Other field days taking place during 2017 are as follows:

Rural Farmland Ecology Field Day

Friday, 30 June 2017, 9am-1.30pm, Tuncester

Join ecologists and bush regenerators on an informative tour of a grazing property on a spur of the Caniaba plateau, a landscape with both wet and dry forest types and unique ecological features. There will be practical demonstrations of woody weed control techniques and remote camera equipment for wildlife and wild dog management, as well as traps for Indian myna control. An earlier start for bird watchers is on offer but RSVPs are essential.

Practical Property Planning Field Day

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 9am-1.30pm, Jiggi

Farmers, graziers, and rural landholders are invited to a fourth generation grazing property to see property planning in action. Topics covered will help you identify natural resource priorities (soil, water, vegetation) on your own property and plan management actions to achieve long and short term goals. Using this property as a case study, experts from a range of organisations will discuss why and how to start a plan, how to estimate costs of fencing and revegetation, and how to access funding. Whether it is making improvements to grazing management, weed control, or improving biodiversity, a property plan is a good land management tool that deserves attention.

Rural Lifestyle Landholders Working Together for Biodiversity Field Day

Saturday, 7 October 2017, 9.30am-1.30pm, Terania Creek

Rural landholders in the upper catchments are faced with a range of issues when looking after small to medium-sized lifestyle blocks. Fast-growing weeds, creek bank erosion, and habitat fragmentation are a few issues impacting across property boundaries. This field day will demonstrate how a group of neighbours are working together to restore degraded rainforest areas and control weeds across their boundaries. Professional bushland regenerators will be available to discuss options for restoration, including no and low-chemical techniques. Koala habitat restoration is also occurring among the neighbourhood and the group is keen to share the experiences of the work they are doing.

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