Close to 10,000 trees have been planted and 50 kilometres of native seed has been sown in the Yass Valley in the past three years, using direct drilling as part of the Yass Habitat Linkage project.
This large-scale, 10-year regional program is funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, under the Bush Connect program.
Creating corridors and linking vegetation helps landholders to improve their soil health and provides safe, natural paths for native animals and birds to travel through, as well as shade for stock.
The on-the-ground work is done by Greening Australia and the organisation's Indigenous restoration officer and project coordinator, Aaron Chatfield, said direct drilling is effective in a dry season.
“It was a tough year with record low rainfall in the district," Mr Chatfield said. In these conditions, direct drilling of seed works well as the seed tends to lie in the soil until it rains and conditions improve.
“Over thirty landholders have participated in the project to date. We have some funding available for the coming year to increase our plantings sites. I encourage landholders in the target area to contact us if they would like to take part."
Each year, the Yass Area Network of Landcare Groups and Greening Australia hold a number of field days and workshops supported by the Yass Habitat Linkages project.
The project area stretches from Bowning and Yass to south of Gunning, and from Dalton to the Murrumbateman area, with the Mundoonan Nature Reserve roughly in its centre.
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