RE: Capertee comments

Subject: RE: Capertee comments
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 11:06:45 +1000
Some very kind words from Timothy Hyde re. the tree planting weekend held in 
the Capertee Valley a couple of weeks ago.

On this particular weekend some 200 people helped plant 7 000 trees and shrubs 
at two sites.  The Capertee Valley Regent Honeyeater Group, set up initially by 
Birds Australia Southern NSW and ACT Group, have been planting trees on private 
property in the valley since 1994 and we are now really starting to see changes 
in the landscape.  Some sites are visible along the main roads but many more 
are off the beaten track, just as most of the local Regent Honeyeaters are.

How things have changed.  When we started work in the valley we were allowed to 
plant on very small sites, often just a few trees wide and often on rocky 
sites.  The sites we are planting on now are considerably larger - a 100 acre 
block at Glen Alice has just been completed and planting on another 100 acre 
block between Glen Alice and Glen Davis is well underway.  "Farmer Bob's" block 
mentioned by Timothy was a bit smaller, about 15 acres but it had location, 
location, location.  We are now in the position where landholders are coming to 
us with offers of land to be planted out.  This means being able to look at 
sites and establish priorities based on factors such as the proximity to sites 
used by Regent Honeyeaters.  I think this attitudinal change has come about by 
a continued exposure to the group and to birdwatchers themselves (although I 
still regularly get complaints about birdwatchers standing in the middle of 
roads blissfully unaware of the traffic and parking in dangerous places).  
Landholders in general are not planting trees because they like Regent 
Honeyeaters, although there are a couple of exceptions, but because we are 
helping find solutions to their broader land management issues such as soil 
erosion, salinity and tree loss.  A win-win situation is being set up and 
landholders  respect where we are coming from.

Another important aspect of this project is that we are supporting the local 
community.  Planters are booked into local cottages and dinner is provided by 
the P&C of the local school (enrolment currently seven pupils but set to swell 
to twelve next year) and Community Association.  A raffle is run at each dinner 
by the Community Association to raise money for the establishment of tennis 
courts next to the school.  In all, birdwatchers are now seen by many locals as 
an asset to the valley.

Organising these planting weekends can be a bit of a nightmare at times but the 
results are priceless.  Look forward to seeing some of you at the next Capertee 
planting weekend on 11-12 August.


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo NSW 2830
Ph. Freecall 1800 621 056 or 02 6883 5335

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