LAN D GOAL: To protect and maintain or improve our natural, productive and urban landscapes by ensuring a sustainable balance between economic, environmental and social values.
Here are some of the key land projects for 2012/13: Surveys build understanding of orchid populations In January this year, Threatened Plants Tasmania and Cradle Coast NRM teamed up with Gunns Ltd to conduct a survey of the rare orchid Prasophyllum crebriflorum found on the Gunns’ Hatfield Plain property. The aim of the survey conducted by staff and volunteers was to gain a better understanding of the extent and size of the site’s orchid population amongst the grasslands. Phil Collier of Threatened Plants Tasmania (TPT) used the data to estimate that there are likely to be at least 2,500 Prasophyllum crebriflorum in the area. A systematic ‘police line’ style of search was undertaken in a permanent monitoring quadrat measuring 100 metres by 50 metres. A survey in this fixed quadrat allows TPT to track changes in orchid population dynamics over time. An additional 60 quadrats measuring 5 metres by 5 metres were surveyed in random locations across the grasslands and used to calculate the total population estimate for the species. The valuable knowledge gained from this survey helped the land managers to tailor burn and property management regimes to better suit such rare species. Sustainable plans for small acreage properties Following from the success of last year’s Rural Living Round-up hobby farmer field day and the interest in sustainable land management expressed by small acreage landholders, Cradle Coast NRM launched a Property Management Planning program in 2012/13 specifically for this segment of the community. Eighteen landholders from the region registered for the program including bush block owners, hobby and smallscale commercial farmers. The Property Management Planning initiative aimed to help participants understand and manage their land to meet their personalised goals.
Each participant received customised information including aerial photographs and topographical maps of their property as a starting point in planning infrastructure, natural asset and production area changes. By the end of the workshop series, each had developed a property management plan and had received information and tools to help in its implementation. A small grants program was then opened to the workshop participants to assist them in actioning an aspect of their property management plans. Twenty small-acreage land managers took up the opportunity and incentives were distributed on successful implementation of a range of fencing, shelterbelt planting, weed control and soil improvement projects. The property management planning and grant programs were additional resources within the growing stable of small acreage assistance provided by Cradle Coast NRM and the Regional Landcare Facilitator. Other resources included the free Rural Living in the Cradle Coast booklet, the annual Rural Living Round-up field day event and a range of property management fact sheets. Land Manager Community Partnership Grants Cradle Coast NRM continued to deliver programs that enhance regional biodiversity by helping to achieve the region’s strategic goal of having native flora, fauna and ecosystem functions that are valued, maintained and protected. A series of Land Manager Community Partnership Grants assisted in this goal in 2012/13 by supporting the development of skilled, knowledgeable and active community members who work together to reduce environmental threats and improve the conditions of our natural assets. The third round of Grants were announced in October with six public land management organisations being awarded a total of $21,004 to implement community engagement projects ranging from weed control to threatened species education across the region. Example projects within the biodiversity enhancement theme included Pampas Grass Education and Control by King Island Council; Burrowing Crayfish Community Education by Devonport City Council (see below); and community education at Sykes Reserve by Kentish Council. A full listing of the Land Manager Grant projects awarded over the past two years can be found at www.cradlecoastnrm.com. ►
The first of a series of free workshops was held in mid-July where participants received templates, planning tools and information on soil, native vegetation and weeds to guide them in the creation of their own property plans.
Cradle Coast NRM annual report 2012–2013
NRM Annual Report 2012 2013