OVERCAST skies and a light drizzle made for the perfect start for South Cape York Catchments (SCYC) wet season revegetation program. Conditions were ideal for planting and SCYC was assisted by seven enthusiastic Indigenous Conservation Land Management students completing a component of a revegetation techniques course.

The students joined SCYC at the Scrubby Creek Wildlife Corridor site near Cooktown, to practice revegetation techniques. Project officer and Environmental scientist Samantha Hobbs instructed the students in site preparation, planting techniques and fertilizer application.

The students learned how to assess a site for correct species selection, by noting the species that were growing nearby in the same environment.   The motto for species selection is:  The right plant, in the right place, at the right time.  Long-term maintenance requirements of riparian restoration plantings were emphasised, including watering and weed control for a minimum of three years, or until canopy cover is achieved.

The importance of using local eco-sourced seed was also discussed.  Studies have shown eco-sourced seed has a far higher success rate compared to non-eco sourced seed and using plant stock from eco-sourced seeds significantly improves the long-term survival and genetic variability of the seedlings.

Continued funding from Caring for Our Country for community makes seed collecting and local nursery operations possible, providing SCYC volunteers and rangers the opportunity to revegetate with eco-sourced plants, exclusively.

This first planting for the season was a great success, with the students benefiting from on-ground practice of revegetation in planting more than 250 trees at the Scrubby Creek Wildlife Corridor site.

SCYC has another ten planting days plannded with more than 2500 juvenile species to put in the ground this wet season, with the revegetation program revving to top gear next week.

All are welcome. Come along and plant trees to rehabilitate degraded riparian corridors.  These are fun, family orientated mornings.

For a timetable of events please contact Samantha Hobbs on (07) 40696292 or samanthahobbs8@yahoo.com.au

Pic of group with hole digger

This project is supported by Cape York NRM through funding from the Queensland Government’s Q2 Coasts and Country and the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Programs. – logos for both