Network Notes

Welcome to the July edition of Network Notes.

Wow, halfway through the year already.  I am slowly catching up on all the things that need to be done.  I have been working on the website to bring all the SGLN web pages into one site, plus manage the network notes email data base within the webpage. (I am hoping to have an online payment system for Landcare membership renewals, but that has taken longer that I hoped as well.  It should be up and running within the next few weeks.)
I have had very positive feedback about the new site, and hope you will contact me with feedback if I have missed something.  One thing I am very excited about (and no it doesn't take much) is our interactive map that you can find on the 'Groups' page.  It has an overlay of the EVC's over the aerial map, which has property boundaries and group boundaries.  It has distance and area measuring tools.  Now you can easily see what the vegetation class of your property was back in the 1700's before land clearing, and you can measure potential project areas.  For new members there is the ability to learn what Landcare group their property is in. I have also loaded facebook feeds of each of the groups that have them onto their group pages.  This way it is easy to keep our pages up to date.
cheers for this month, Jill

There's nothing exciting about Ragwort - except this field day!

Join us on the Farrell property in Fish Creek and learn to kill, sterilise, suppress and otherwise destroy ragwort—you know you want to! (good for all other noxious weeds as well) Thursday 24th August 2017 10.00am -3.00pm
Lunch provided; registrations essential
2115 (according to Google) Promontory Road, Fish Creek, signs out on day
Call Jill on 5662 5759 or for info or click on image for flyer
book here


Gippsland Growers’ Forum @ Korumburra

If you are into Hort/Veg production or service related industry you may be interested in this event.
Thursday 27 July 2017
2:00 – 5:00pm + networking at the bar
Finger food & drinks provided
Austral Hotel (Upstairs)
34 Bridge Street, Korumburra 
flyer here

Gippsland Intrepid Landcare is up and running.

Young Gippslanders with a love of the environment and a desire to do something about it and lead change for good should check it out and become involved.

Butterfly food plants available for Mt Lyall, Poowong, Triholm and Loch/Nyora LC members 

To date Malcolm Brown has distributed 600 Red-fruit Saw Sedge to approximately 30 properties over the last two years. He has another 300 to give away this year which will make it 900 over three years. The plants are free.
There is a web site:  People can contact Malcolm on 0403 997 831 or  and he will record their name and address and how many plants they want. 
After a few weeks, he will work out from the number of people wanting plants, how many plants they can each be provided.
The plants are Red-fruit Saw Sedge, (Gahnia sieberiana) which do well in wet areas but not wet all year. They also like a bit of sun but it’s not essential. 

Recent Climate driven ecological change survey

The CSIRO hoping that Landcarers might be interested in participating in this survey, which is part of the DoEE-CSIRO collaborative project “Recent climate driven ecological change in Australia”.  More information about this project can be found here.
The survey will help them understand how Australia’s land and biodiversity has been changing, and if this change may be the result of the 1°C surface temperature increase experienced across Australia over the past century.  
Please feel to forward to anyone who you know has a strong, long-term relationship with the land - participants need to be able to provide observations about parts of the landscape they have been familiar with for at least 10 years.  
The survey will collect first hand observations, insights and stories about places – for example, stories about new species appearing, plants flowering at unusual times, or butterflies and insects appearing at different times of year.  
They’re interested in knowing whether change has been observed or not.
The results will provide a unique and important historical record for Australia – so they’d love to get as much participation as possible.
The survey would take about 30 minutes.
Here's the weather outlook.
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