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Funding success - Holbrook Landcare Network and the Slopes to Summit (S2S) partnership

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Funding success - Holbrook Landcare Network and the Slopes to Summit (S2S) partnership

Congratulations to Holbrook Landcare Network and the Slopes to Summit (S2S) partnership of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, who have just been awarded $499,875 for on-ground conservation works and community engagement activities over 6 years. 

The funding was announced yesterday by the NSW Minister for the Environment, Hon Mark Speakman MP, and is provided by the NSW Government's Environmental Trust as part of its 'Bush Connect in the GER'. The program has committed over $7.5 million to 16 projects, which will commence in January 2016. 

Better State Environments is proud to have assisted with Holbrook Landcare Network's funding submission.

This project aims to increase landscape connectivity for endangered box woodland species, such as Squirrel Glider and many woodland birds, in priority landscapes of the Holbrook region. Key activities will include fencing, revegetation, and installation of nest boxes constructed by Thurgoona Men's Shed. The project will also involve, in collaboration with Murray Local Land Services, a pilot program engaging the community in managing isolated Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) for positive biodiversity outcomes. 

To find out more about the program click here 

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Wild pollinators under the microscope

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Wild pollinators under the microscope

It's that time of the year again when European Wasps start grabbing everyone's (negative) attention on mass. It's a shame that one introduced species of insect takes up a such a dis-proportionate amount of our attention. This is at the expense for example of the thousands of native pollinating insects (like the Hover Fly in this blog) which generally fly under our radar but are busily doing their bit to sustain agriculture and the environment as a whole.

Not everyone is happy to accept this as being the status quo and are working hard to encourage people to take the time to look more closely at the little things in life and report what they see.  

The Wild Pollinator Count, run by Dr Manu Saunders and Karen Retra, is in it's second year and will be running a week long count starting Sunday 15th November. This year they have teamed up with the Slopes to Summit (S2S) partnership of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, with funding from the NSW Government's Environmental Trust, and will run a series of events and workshops over the week.

Click here to find out how to get involved.

Better State Environments has been engaged by Holbrook Landcare Network (event managers) in relation to communications and media.

 

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