June 5 is World Environment Day. You may be thinking 'so what'?
The idea of having a special day to focus on the environment emerged in the early 1970s, and it was soon formalised by the United Nations General Assembly.
Since 1974, there has been a World Environment Day on June 5 every year. It has been used as a platform to raise awareness, support action and drive change for a healthier global environment. Each year has a theme; this year it's 'Biodiversity'.
It can be sobering, if not overwhelming, to think about the pressures on biodiversity on the global scale. Luckily at a more local level there is a lot we can do to leave a positive legacy for the plants, animals, and other organisms that constitute thriving ecologies.
Yass Gorge is a refreshing success story, and is a place we can visit regularly to experience the beauty and tranquility that results from local restoration.
Thanks to the hard work of local volunteers, Yass Gorge has been transformed over the past 30 years. These efforts are ongoing. Over six days in April this year, exotic weeds were removed from seven hectares in the north eastern end of the gorge, including Wild Plum, Blackberry and Hawthorn. Later this year more native plants will be planted.
Also, Yass Area Network of Landcare Groups and Friends of Yass Gorge successfully applied for funds from Local Land Services to undertake a flora and bird survey, fox management, native tree and shrub planting, as well as develop a Fire Management Plan for Yass Gorge.
There is a lot that we can do at a local level. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved.
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