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Woodlands and Wetlands Incentives

2016-17 WOODLANDS AND WETLANDS INCENTIVES - NOW CLOSED

 

Trust for Nature and the North East Catchment Management Authority are working in partnership to deliver this incentives project, which focuses on woodland and wetland communities that are nationally endangered. They are an iconic part of the Australian landscape, but have been extensively cleared and degraded and much of what remains occurs on private land.

Funding is available for activities such as fencing of remnant woodlands, grasslands and wetlands, planting native trees and shrubs, weed control, pest animal control and wildlife nest boxes. Project sites may include grazing as part of their management.

Please refer to the Woodlands and Wetlands Incentives information brochure below for eligibility criteria, guidelines and rates for the Incentives.

Woodlands and Wetlands Information Brochure 

 Eligibility 

Incentives are available to landholders and community groups within the North East CMA area of operations and must meet the eligibility criteria below. These criteria relate to work type, standards of construction, location and ongoing management arrangements:

  •  Located in the North East Catchment Management Authority region.
  •  Contains a priority ecological community (as determined by the Project Officer). These include Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands, Grey Box Grassy Woodlands, Derived Native Grasslands, Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands, Red Gum Wetlands and Granite Foothills Spring Wetlands (see below or the brochure for descriptions).
  • Private land, or public land that is covered by an appropriate licence or managed by an incorporated community group or committee of management.
  • Not subject to a current funding agreement.

 

Site Assessment Criteria

  • Site size (bigger sites will be scored higher).
  • Vegetation quality (comparative to a benchmark for components such as large old trees, canopy cover, lack of weeds, species diversity and cover, recruitment, organic litter and logs).
  • Landscape context (extent of native vegetation in the area and connectivity).
  • Presence of rare or threatened species.
  • Security - is the landholder willing to protect the project site under a conservation covenant?
  • Return on investment (value for money).

 

Criteria

Score

 Vegetation Quality Assessment 25
 Site area 20
 Rare or threatened species 15
 Site security 20
 Return on investment 20
 Total 100

Landholder Commitments

  • Successful landholders must sign up to a 10 year Works Project Agreement.
  • All works must be completed in accordance with standards which outline minimum requirements.
  • Stock must be excluded from any revegetation sites until plants are well established.
  • Strategic grazing of some sites is allowed subject to the Management Plan.

Incentive Rates

Activity

Rate

Standard fencing $8/m   
Standard fencing (covenant) $12/m
Electric fencing $5/m
Electric fencing (covenant) $8/m
Modifying existing fence $2/m
Revegetation $3.50 per plant (up to $2,500/ha)
Direct seeding Up to $1,500/ha
Weed control Up to $1,000/ha
Mechanical woody weed removal Up to 60% of project cost, up to $10,000
Rabbit control 50:50 cost share Up to $1,000
Off stream watering point 50:50 cost share Up to $3,000
Active bank erosion 50:50 cost share      Up to $2,000  
Nest boxes $60 each up to $1,200
Management payments (covenant) Up to $50/ha/year for 10 years
Grazing reduction offset (covenant)        Site by site assessment     
Specialist services (covenant) Site by site assessment

 

Note: Landholders applying for a conservation covenant (a legally binding, on title agreement to permanently protect and manage native vegetation for conservation) are eligible for increased and additional incentives as outlined above.

 

 

Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grasslands

Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands (BGGW) typically occur on lower slopes and foothills where the dominant tree species include White Box, Yellow Box or Blakely’s Red Gum (Hill Red Gum).

Derived Native Grasslands also occur throughout these areas where the original woodland tree cover has been cleared.

Many landholders will recognise these areas as unimproved land with native pasture and scattered box or gum trees. 

 

Grey Box Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grasslands

Dominated by Grey Box trees, these woodlands arelocated mainly on the plains in the north western part of the catchment (i.e. Rutherglen, Boorhaman). Similarly to BGGW, Grey Box Grassy Woodlands typically occur on unimproved land with a base of native pasture and scattered trees. They often contain White Cypress-Pine (Murray Pine) and/or Buloke trees.


Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands 

Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands (SHW) are isolated freshwater wetlands that are seasonally or intermittently filled by rainfall. They are usually inundated in the cooler months (winter-spring), and generally dry out by late summer, so surface water is not permanently present. SHW occur mainly on the fertile plains in the north west of the catchment.

SHW are open with low tree cover and are dominated by a range of native grasses, sedges, rushes, herbs and shrubs that are adapted to survive under both wet and dry conditions.

 


Granite Foothills Spring Wetlands

Granite Foothills Spring Wetlands are located mainly in and around the Warby Range and Chiltern- Mt Pilot National Park. They are subject to seasonal waterlogging within soaks and drainage lines, usually during spring with water that originates from groundwater aquifers through the fragmented  granite base rock. They typically comprise a range of structural vegetation types in zones radiating from the source of moisture. 

Tree species are commonly Warby Swamp Gum or Blakely’s Red Gum. These wetlands support moisture loving plants like Prickly Tea-tree and a range of native grasses, sedges, rushes and herbs.

 

 

What happens if you want to get involved?

Step 1 -  Submit your EIO via the online form (above) by 5pm 31 August 2016.

Step 2 - A property visit will be arranged to discuss the project, determine the scope of works and assess your site against the project eligibility and site selection criteria. Property visits will occur between August and October 2016. If your site clearly does not meet the criteria a property visit may not be undertaken, but you will be contacted to discuss your application.

Step 3 - If your site meets the eligibility criteria, a funding proposal will be developed based on the proposed works and the relevant incentive rates.

Step 4 - In November 2016, sites will be ranked by an assessment panel based on their scoring relative to the site assessment criteria.

Step 5 - Successful and unsuccessful landholders will be informed in November-December 2016.

Step 6 - Works Project Agreements and Management Plans will be developed for successful landholders in December 2016 - January 2017.

Step 7 - Landholders will return their signed Works Project Agreements and associated forms in January-February 2017.

Step 8 - Works Project Agreements and associated forms will be reviewed and processed by Trust for Nature. Initial 50% payments will be made following internal approval and processing of all documentation.

Step 9 - Incentive works may commence from March 2017.

Step 10 - Subsequent incentive payments will be made following the completion and inspection of works. All works are to be completed and final payments processed by December 2017.