With Landcare Week upon us and National Threatened Species Day approaching, Yelta Landcare Group will be planting native plants to enhance habitat at Merbein this Saturday.
In the spirit of volunteering, Yelta Landcare Group Coordinator, Tony Smith is calling on the community to join in the Landcare celebrations and do their bit for threatened species by planting trees from 9am this Saturday at Foster Street, Merbein.
The planting is part of the ongoing rehabilitation of Foster Street Drain and the Merbein Common. Works to date have included developing a wetland area, establishing a walking trail and interpretive signage.
Mr Smith said the project represented a great partnership between Yelta Landcare Group, the Friends of Merbein Common, the Mallee Catchment Management Authority and the Department of Sustainability and Environment to improve the area for recreation and to enhance habitat.
“More than 200 hours of volunteer support have helped transform the area from a mosquito and weed invested area into a pleasant link between the township and the River,” Mr Smith said.
“Luckily we have a water supply from the Foster Street drain to water the plants over the first summer before they are left to their own devices.
“The trees will also be guarded to help discourage some of our native and introduced grazers, including kangaroos and rabbits from nibbling off growing shoots.
‘We hope to see a good roll up on Saturday to continue the excellent work to date.”