South East Local Land Services and local land managers, with support from the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program, are continuing to support the post fire recovery of local landscapes by undertaking targeted weed control.
“Many burnt areas are currently regenerating with a mix of both native and weed species” said South East Local Land Services’ Sonia Bazzacco.
“Now is a great time to work on managing these weeds so that the natives have less competition and stand a better chance of surviving.
“The fires had a devastating impact on native wildlife; recovered and healthy native vegetation will also be a really important food source for native wildlife”.
Areas that had poor coverage of native vegetation before the fires often require the most assistance as the lack of native seed in the soil means there is little to regenerate.
“These areas can be best managed through revegetation works and by excluding stock and heavy machinery, as any disturbance can reduce the regeneration potential”.
Moruya land manager Jacqui Short was affected by the Currowan fire and is happy to be involved in the project.
“I was really worried about the prospect of weeds getting away from us after the fire came through” Jacqui said.
“It’s been great that through this project, and the work of the teams from Mogo and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Councils, that we have been able to keep the weeds that are emerging in a manageable state”.
Sherrie Nye from Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council is happy that their crews can be involved in the recovery on Country.
“It’s great to be assist in restoring mother nature, especially after the bush fire. We are happy to have this opportunity to work on Country” Sherrie said.
Local Land Services has funding available to improve native vegetation in fire affected areas. Works can include; weed management, revegetation and fencing to exclude stock in burnt areas or refugia in unburnt areas. This project is supported through the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program.