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Habitat Enhancement with Fire and Steel
Sat. 18 June 2016, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm AEST
Habitat enhancement with fire and steel
A field day focussed on creating, maintaining and monitoring habitat in an area that received an environmental burn on 6/4/16.
A morning session showcasing the creation of habitat structures in standing trees (stags) and in fallen logs using advanced chainsaw techniques.
An afternoon session monitoring the impacts of the 6/4/16 environmental burn by taking photopoints along a transect that was established prior to the burn and sampling flora quadrats for the first arrivals after the burn.
Habitat enhancement with a chainsaw.
This session will showcase the creation of habitat structures in standing trees (stags) and in fallen logs using advanced chainsaw techniques.
Jarrah Hume-Cook, an experienced arborist and TAFE chainsaw teacher, is keen to share an emerging trend in the enhancement of habitat hollows by creating ‘nestboxes’ and habitat cavities in large standing stags and fallen logs. The creation of the nesting structures will be demonstrated on fallen logs and the finished products installed in the local bushland to enhance habitat.
Habitat enhancement with fire
On 6/4/16 a medium to high environmental-hazard reduction burn was conducted at Stansfield Reserve, Coal Point.
This session will monitor the impacts of the fire by taking a series of photopoints along a transect that was established prior to the burn and sampling established flora quadrats for the first arrivals after the burn. A presentation on the burn and the monitoring process will precede the field trip. Skills gained include taking a photopoint, cover class vegetation monitoring and an understanding of the impact of fire on vegetation.
Displays at Progress Hall
- LMCC’s Backyard Habitat for Wildlife
- Lake Macquarie Landcare
- Trees In Newcastle. Local native plants will be available for sale.
- Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group
- Coal Point Progress Association
Program (subject to change)
9:30am Registration and morning tea
10:15 -11:30 Demonstration & Discussion: Habitat enhancement with a chainsaw
11.30 -12:00 Tour of the burn site and installation of habitat structures
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 -1:00 Monitoring the burn. A picture presentation of the process.
1:00 - 2:00 Field trip. Taking photopoints and flora surveys
2:00 - 2:30 Afternoon tea
Venue: Progress Hall 197 Skye Point Rd, Coal Point.
Parking: Gurranba Reserve 75m east of the Hall.
Work Health & Safety:
- The chainsaw demonstration will be conducted in the grounds of the Progress Association’s Hall.
- The site tour and monitoring activities will be held in Stansfield Reserve. There will be approximately 500-700m of walking around the site on uneven surfaces with an ascent/descent of approximately 30m. A moderate level of fitness-mobility is required.
- For outdoor activites enclosed and sturdy footwear, sun-safe clothing
- There will be displays in the Hall for those that do not want to go for the walks.
This workshop has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and is supported by Hunter Region Landcare Network and Hunter Local land Services.