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Thinking Inside the Box Gum Grassy Woodland

South East Local Land Services is offering incentives to land managers for projects that protect and connect Box Gum Grassy Woodland remnants in the Hilltops (Boorowa), Upper Lachlan and Yass Valley Local Government Areas.

Box Gum Grassy Woodland

Box Gum Grassy Woodland occurs on fertile soils and is characterised by a canopy of widely spaced eucalyptus trees such as White Box, Yellow Box, Apple Box and Blakely’s Red Gum, with a ground layer dominated by tussock grasses and a high diversity of herbs. Sparse shrubs may also be present.

Box Gum Grassy Woodland was once widespread. However, the fertile footslopes and flats that support these woodlands were also the areas generally preferred for cropping, pasture and infrastructure development. As a consequence Box Gum Woodland has been reduced in area by 95% and remnants tend to be highly isolated and fragmented. The woodland and its waterways provide an essential home to many of our most threatened species.

Box Gum Grassy Woodland

Eligible projects

We are looking to partner with land managers who have existing areas of Box Gum Grassy Woodland on or adjoining their property, including areas with existing large trees and/or areas with a diversity of native groundcover species. Eligible projects include:

  • Protecting existing remnant areas by fencing to exclude stock.
  • Enhancing existing remnant areas by fencing to excluding stock and/or planting trees and shrubs to increase diversity.
  • Connecting existing remnant areas by fencing and planting large blocks of trees, tree lanes, clusters and/or paddock trees. This may include connecting to areas that aren’t on your property such as neighbouring remnants on roadsides, public and private land.

More information and how to apply

The 2019/20 funding round is now closed. For more information about the project of future funding contact Melissa Henry - Senior NRM Advisor on Melissa.henry@lls.nsw.gov.au or 6385 1018.

This program is being funded by the NSW Government through a partnership between South East Local Land Services, the Saving our Species program and the Environmental Trust.