This Landcare funded project was undertaken to obtain data on growth rates of 3 different species of eucalypts growing on a range of sites in the Strzelecki hills.  The data will be used to guide management interventions in the production cycle – especially their timing, and to provide a better estimate of the length of the production cycle. Estimating the returns from an agroforestry enterprise is difficult due to the long lead time to harvest. The plantations established at Torwood are predicted to be ready for harvest about 2034, ie a production cycle of 23 years.

The costs are however a lot more predictable. The field day outlined the costs to date of the plantation established in 2011, listed future costs and from the projected returns provides a financial comparison of an agroforestry enterprise versus traditional grazing activities.

This agroforestry vs traditional grazing comparison will be written up as a case study.  This will be published here when available.  In the interim the field day notes are available for download as a PDF file.

Download the field day notes here

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South Gippsland Landcare Network

The South Gippsland Landcare Network stretches from Mt Best to Mt Lyal, and along the prom coast. It’s made up of 16 local groups working to preserve and protect the natural environment, while also enhancing the long-term sustainability of farming in this part of Victoria. We’re proud to work across both Bunurong and Gunaikurnai country, and to recognise the rich history embedded in this land we now share. As a network, we’re a diverse group – made up of primary producers, hobby farmers, tree changers, backyard gardeners and environmentalists of all sorts. This page is part of our community, so we welcome feedback and input from anyone who’s interested in having a voice here.
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FREE Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers’ Webinar

The 2020 National Landcare Conference would usually be happening around this time, unfortunately due to the current situation to conference could not go ahead. Landcare has instead put together a series of National Landcare Conference webinars for you to enjoy!

The first in the series is happening next week, on Thursday October 1st at 2pm.

Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers will be presented by Kim Boswell, whose volunteer recruitment framework has been used to recruit thousands of Landcare volunteers in Victoria.

Jam-packed with hot tips and fresh ideas, Kim will present a step-by-step ‘5A method’, that supports groups to recruit and retain perfectly matched and energised volunteers, and fill committee positions.

Kim will also chat about utilising volunteers in a post-Covid world, and will tell you how you can access her insightful and effective online volunteer recruitment course for free.

For more information or to register for this free webinar visit https://www.landcarer.com.au/webinar-registration/.
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Monash University is publishing Australia's first climate column in community newspapers across Australia, where they discuss local climate trends and break down the science of climate change.

In their columns, they feature a range of community voices who talk about their experience of climate change and what it means for them. They are trying to collect contributions from residents, volunteers and various groups they feel have a unique perspective.

If you are interested in contributing your voice, they have a short 5 minute survey you can complete by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/clim8survey
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Today is World Rivers Day!

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” ~ Mark Angelo

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