A milestone year for Whroo network
WHROO Goldfields Conservation Management Network will celebrate a milestone in 2016, with the four-year Yellow Gums and Goldfields Project and the one-year Linking the Landscape Project finishing by June.
CMN co-ordinator Janice Mentiplay-Smith said the total amount of revegetation these projects would have achieved by then was an impressive 330 hectares, with 17km of fencing.
‘‘In December we were thrilled to learn we had been successful in gaining funding through the State Government’s Community Volunteer Action Grants program for our gliders in the Goldfields project, focusing on building habitat (nest boxes) for the threatened squirrel glider,’’ she said.
‘‘This is a great project to get stuck into, with works to be concentrated around the Rushworth region.
‘‘The 1000 Hollows Project, competently run by Heathcote’s Orlando Talamo, will continue full steam ahead in 2016.
‘‘Orlando is a great champion for the native critters – brush-tailed phascogales, antechinus, sugar gliders and squirrel gliders, that depend on nesting hollows for their survival.
‘‘Thanks to Orlando’s efforts, we are close to reaching 1000 nest boxes for these critters.”
Ms Mentiplay-Smith said the WGCMN would continue to hold field days, visit schools, make presentations to community groups, hold displays at local events, produce the newsletters and seek further funding throughout the year.