The Communities in Landscapes (CiL) project achieves Caring for Our Country targets by increasing native habitat and landscape-scale conservation within national priority White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodlands and derived Native Grasslands (Box-Gum Woodlands) in all its conditions through community engagement and participation and in ways that benefit both the ecosystem and agricultural production.
CiL's nine project partners are Landcare NSW Inc, Greening Australia's Florabank, Conservation Management Network, Stipa Native Grasses, CSIRO, Sydney University, Industry & Investments NSW, Department Environment, Climate Change & Water (DECCW) and Birds Australia. The wide range of networks, skills and opportunities provided by these partners and the collaborative method established to prepare and manage the project enables strategic and efficient delivery of services. CiL initially targets the Central West, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee NRM Regions.
The project uses the logic that landscape-scale change can be achieved by engaging and advising land managers and their communities on practices that are known to benefit resilience in Box-Gum Woodland landscapes, have positive outcomes for production and increase community capacity to carry on these practices beyond the life of the project.
Visit the Communities in Landscapes website to find out more about the other aspects of this ambitious project, including activities, information resources and events.
As a partner in the Communities in Landscapes Project, Florabank provided the following services to enable the communities involved in the project, and people across the range of Box-Gum Grassy Woodland, to access information about how to collect, store and propagate Box-Gum Grassy Woodland Species and to improve access to appropriately sourced, good quality native seed:
Accredited Florabank training for seed collectors.
Florabank held 3 Professional Development Training Courses for seed collectors and 6 community, entry-level training courses for the CiL project. These were spread across the Murrumbidgee, Lachlan and Central West CMA Regions.
The Florabank Professional Development training courses were available for seed collectors and NRM professionals who work in the Box-gum Grassy Woodland distribution areas in NSW, Vic and Qld. Find out more here.
The Florabank entry-level training courses were for landholders and community group volunteers in the Murrumbidgee, Lachlan and Central West CMA Regions. For more information, contact the Communities in Landscapes Community Woodland Officers.
Florabank, in partnership with CSIRO's Australian Tree Seed Centre, has developed accredited training for seed collectors (follow this link for more information about Florabank Professional Development Training). Good practices in seed collection, storage and handling significantly increase the lifespan and viability of seed and can make a big difference to the outcomes of restoration projects. This training takes into consideration recent research on the importance of collecting from large, healthy plant populations and explains how to achieve better quality seed. Developing new professional skills through training is an important part of strengthening communities, and seed collection can provide landholders with alternative income or business options.
New Florabank Fact Sheets 2011
Florabank Seed Supply Planning.
Currently it is difficult to source seed and plants of the required species for restoration. This means that either the extent of restoration is reduced, or that fewer species (the easy to collect and grow ones) are used in restoration rather than the range of species needed to properly restore the plant community.
Florabank Seed Supply Planning will work to improve the outcomes for restoration of Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands by increasing the range of species and improving the availability of good quality, appropriately sourced seed for restoration projects. Seed Supply Planning involves assessing the current status of seed and plant supply, identifying the gaps and constraints, and putting in place a clear strategy to overcome them.
Constraints could include a lack of trained local seed collectors or suppliers, not enough remnant sites remaining in the seed collection area to collect seed from the wild, or that we don't know how to propagate some of the species.
Information Resources on Box-Gum Grassy Woodland Species.
Florabank's Species Navigator is a website tool developed in partnership with CSIRO's Australian Tree Seed Centre and funded by the Australian Government. Forty additional Box-Gum Woodland Species will be added to this tool as part of the Communities in Landscapes Project.
The Species Navigator information Fact Sheets about these Box Gum Grassy Woodland Species will include information about how to collect seed, store and propagate these species to enable landholders and community groups to improve the condition of Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands. Printed Fact Sheets will also be available at Communities in Landscapes events in the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee and Central West CMA Regions.