Second year of Bushfire Recovery for the Upper River Torrens Landcare Group 2020-2021

Thanks to a successful WIRES Landcare Australia grant, the URTLG were able to support four property owners in Gumeracha with weed control, site preparation, planting of 5000 tubestock and the provision of artificial nest boxes for birds and small mammals.

These four property owners were chosen as they share common boundaries, collectively own almost 300 Ha, and have a shared vision and interest in enhancing and protecting remnant vegetation. This project will enable targeted wildlife habitat recovery actions across 50 Ha.

Seed collection workshops were facilitated through Kersbrook Landcare Group and the Barossa Bushgardens. Another two Nursery workshops were held to engage volunteers in pricking out seedlings for tubestock and this resulted in 5000 tubes being grown by around 50 community members and two school groups (Seymour College & Nuriootpa High School).
Several planting events were held at the properties with the volunteer growers having the opportunity to plants tubestock they grew, including students from both schools.

Over 5000 tubes were planted, hand seeding, weed control and nest box installations were all part of the successful project.