Posted by Siwan Lovett | September 20, 2016
Breadalbane Biodiversity Linkages:
We are delighted that the New South Wales Environmental Trust is keen to continue our work through Rivers of Carbon with Breadalbane Biodiversity Linkages underway. This project builds on the work of the successful large scale Rivers of Carbon program, a proven model that focuses on connecting and linking riparian rehabilitation projects (undertaken over the past 20 years by various groups) and remnant vegetation.
Rivers of Carbon – Breadalbane has been developed in response to a community identified need to address loss of biodiversity, fragmentation of remnant vegetation and sedimentation of waterways in the District. Activities will include fencing and revegetating riparian areas, strategic erosion control works to improve water quality, and linking habitat to form contiguous wildlife corridors. The project will be carried out in partnership with Upper Lachlan Landcare, Greening Australia, landholders, Local Land Services, and the broader community.
Rivers of Carbon (RoC) works by focusing on win:win outcomes, landholders can be financially supported in their restoration activities, while also sequestering carbon, creating terrestrial habitat for endangered species, improving water quality, stabilising sediment and boosting in-stream productivity. Breadalbane is a focus area for RoC due to the high level of interest that the farming community has expressed to undertake a variety of riparian restoration works; particularly fencing and revegetation for soil stability, stock management and biodiversity. There are also a number of important wetlands within the project area that riparian restoration works would benefit by reducing sediment, improving vegetation structure and creating biodiversity linkages.
The project has four landholders already engaged to protect and enhance 24ha of riparian lands along 5km of riparian zone, with the aim of connecting and enhancing a further 300ha of remnant vegetation and wetland catchment zones. In early April we will be visiting two more landholders keen to get involved, so if you are interested please get in touch with Haydn and Mary soon.
Focusing on connections:
The RoC model works by connecting existing works and patches of remnant vegetation in order to maximise outcomes in terms of water qualtiy and biodiversity. It will also focus on sites with high recovery potential to further increase the value of activities. As such, this project will build on works already undertaken over a number of years.
It is known that community engagement increases over time once there are ‘runs on the board’, and community interest is strong in this area in response to riparian issues. In addition there are a number of new landholders in the District who are very keen to address riparian degradation. The RoC team were approached by the community to apply for funding from the Environmental Trust and are excited at the prospect of ‘rolling out’ RoC Breadalbane.
The Australian River Restoration Centre’s Siwan Lovett is managing the project, supported by Lori Gould. Haydn Burgess from Greening Australia and Mary Bonet are our on-ground contacts, so please give them a call if you would like to know more about the work we are doing in Breadalbane. Haydn and Mary’s contacts are:
Our Breadalbane postcard is also a useful source of information, just click on the image below to download the pdf, and if you would like a hard copy sent to you just get in touch at email@example.com and we can send one out to you.