Student Landcare plants another 1000 trees at Arthursleigh

14 May 2012

The weekend was cold and frosty in Marulan, NSW, but this did not deter about 27 students and 3 staff of the Faculty to plant another 1000 trees at the University rural property Arthursleigh. This is the 14th year that the Faculty's Student Landcare Society has been actively involved with vegetation restoration on the property, and some of the older results look very impressive.

The Faculty's Student Landcare Society is a student driven group actively supported by the Faculty through staff. This year the Landcare Society is run by 5 students mainly from the BResEc degree. The work this year involved revegetating an erosion gully with different locally grown tree and shrub species including Eucalyptus, Casuarina and Acacia species. Under the guiding hand of the farm management, specifically Mr Stephen Burgun, the whole Saturday was spent planting the different trees.

Since the property was bequeathed to the University in the 1980's farm management has been actively working on managing the major erosion problem on the farm. This has included re-fencing and excluding stock from sensitive areas. However, there have also been several partnerships with state authorities and Greening Australia to restore the Wollondilly river corridor and provide wildlife habitat on the property.

The contribution from the Student Landcare Society is greatly appreciated as this provides substantial input into the revegetation process. Over the years, the students have planted over 10,000 trees, which could also contribute to the University's carbon credits.

Of course the weekend is not all about work. The students and staff stay at the farm in the shearer's quarters, so there is plenty of time for talking around camp fires. In addition, a BBQ and bush dance with a local band is organised on the Saturday night and all students tried out their steps. In addition, Stephen Burgun and his children are always happy to teach the students how to crack a whip. All that and a beautiful full moon night as an extra!

As part of the weekend, we also heard from the local catchment management authority about the importance of sediment control in the Wollondilly river for Sydney's drinking water and from Clare Hamilton, the regional Serrated Tussock coordinator about this specifically nasty weed.

Overall another successful weekend contributing to environmental restoration and the Landcare Society is now looking at additional activities for this year.

Contact: Michaela Yee

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