Clear­wa­ter Re­serve project gets its fi­nal NECMA in­spec­tion

Alpine Observer - - News -

By TATE SPI­TERI

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES from the North East Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (NECMA) were at Myrtle­ford’s Clear­wa­ter Re­serve on Fri­day for the fi­nal in­spec­tion of a Land­care project on the Ovens River.

The Myrtle­ford and Dis­trict Land­care and So­ci­ety Group (MDLSG) have worked on the re­serve with the back­ing of NECMA since May 7, 2016.

“Our vi­sion on this project is to en­hance the en­trance to Myrtle­ford on the Great Alpine Road, to pro­vide ac­cess to a nat­u­ral re­source for the en­joy­ment of the com­mu­nity and to im­prove the bio­di­ver­sity of the area for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” MDLSG sec­re­tary Glenda Janas said.

The group re­ceived a grant from NECMA for reveg­e­ta­tion over two stages and two years that in­cluded the plant­ing of 1100 in­dige­nous tube stock.

The weed con­trol of Wil­lows, Privet, Box El­der, Hawthorn, Prunus, Black­berry, Kikuyu, Ca­per spurge and Trades­cantia was also in­cluded in the fund­ing.

Thanks to the con­trol a clear path­way to the river that was once in­un­dated with privet, black­berry, house­hold waste and other nox­ious weeds has al­ready been cre­ated while five nest boxes have also been in­stalled from the grants.

The nest boxes that will at­tract squir­rel glid­ers and na­tive birds were put in place at a work­ing bee on June 11 with each marked by GPS co­or­di­nates to en­sure they are able to be lo­cated and mon­i­tored in fu­ture.

The MDLSG in the sec­ond stage of the project have also been able to re­plant the top area of the banks and tar­get wil­lows by ring­bark­ing larger trees, re­mov­ing saplings and man­u­ally ap­ply­ing her­bi­cide.

Five hun­dred trees in­clud­ing Redgum, Yel­low Box and Ovens Wat­tle have also been planted along with 100 var­i­ous shrubs.

Ms Janas said the vol­un­teer sup­port on the project as well as many oth­ers had been won­der­ful.

“We have been helped quite reg­u­larly by peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and the Scouts and Ven­tur­ers as well,” she said.

“We re­ally en­cour­age fam­i­lies and young peo­ple to come along be­cause it’s a form of ed­u­ca­tion we can give them.”

Alpine Shire Coun­cil and Beech­worth Land­mates were also thanked for their con­tri­bu­tion to the project.

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