Learn to identify native trees and grasses

12th Jan 2016

Have you ever looked at a tree or a grass plant and wondered what species it is? Wondered about where it came from, or where else it will grow? On Thursday 4th February 2016 you’ll the chance to work with experts on both grasses and trees, learn to recognise some species in the local area, and learn how to identify others.

Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee (GLENRAC) are running a bus trip out through Wellingrove, Strathbogie, and Emmaville before returning to Glen Innes. The bus will stop at a number of points along the way to look at the native vegetation in each of the areas, and discuss points of identification.

Local experts will be on the bus to answer questions at each of the sites, and on the bus when travelling between stops. Judi Earl from AIMS Ag is a highly regarded consultant on grassland systems and grasses, both native and introduced. Judi will lead discussions on grasses at each of the sites, and will teach the group about techniques involved in identifying grasses.

Chris Eveleigh from Kentucky Tree Nursery and Sheridan Lawson from the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services (NT LLS) will be working with the group on tree identification. Chris is based at Kentucky near Uralla, and has worked with locals in the Glen Innes area on many of revegetation projects with GLENRAC, providing seedlings for on-farm plantings. Sheridan is the Senior Land Service Officer- Native Vegetation for NT LLS, and has been involved for a number of years in native vegetation work in the region.

The bus trip will give attendees a chance to improve their skills in identifying native vegetation and work with experts with local knowledge, and with like-minded people. 

The bus will leave the GLENRAC office (68 Church St) at 9:00am and will return at approximately 3:30pm, and includes lunch. Attendees will need to ensure that they wear appropriate clothing and footwear for fieldwork. Please RSVP by Friday 29th January to GLENRAC on 6732 3443 or email office@glenrac.org.au.

This is a free event, thanks to generous support from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation and the Australian government’s 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants, under the National Landcare Programme.


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