NRM Work across the Ararat Hills
Celia and Jack Tucker, from Tucker Farms, recently hosted a field trip for the Glenelg Hopkins CMA Board and Community Advisory Group. The afternoon was spend exploring the Ararat Hills to understand and see firsthand the diversity of natural resource management work occurring in the area.
Some of the sites visited included the 55 hectare predator proof enclosure protecting a range of native mammals and reptiles; the Grampians to Pyrenees Biolink project which was run to increase carbon stores and improve connectivity between the Grampians and the Pyrenees Ranges for the benefit of a variety of nationally threatened species; wind farm initiatives; Landcare grant activities; and fire recovery projects.
Jayne Drum from the Upper Hopkins Land Management Group also talked to the group about the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program being run by landholders across the region, supported by Dion Borg (the Glenelg Hopkins CMA Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator).
The afternoon was a great insight into the range of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture projects and programs that are being implemented as partnerships between landholders and the CMA in the eastern Grampians region.