Thinking Inside the Box Gum Grassy Woodland

South East Local Land Services is offering incentives to land managers for projects that protect and connect Box Gum Grassy Woodland remnants in the Hilltops (Boorowa), Upper Lachlan and Yass Valley Local Government Areas.

Box Gum Grassy Woodland

Box Gum Grassy Woodland occurs on fertile soils and is characterised by a canopy of widely spaced eucalyptus trees such as White Box, Yellow Box, Apple Box and Blakely’s Red Gum, with a ground layer dominated by tussock grasses and a high diversity of herbs. Sparse shrubs may also be present.

Box Gum Grassy Woodland was once widespread. However, the fertile footslopes and flats that support these woodlands were also the areas generally preferred for cropping, pasture and infrastructure development. As a consequence Box Gum Woodland has been reduced in area by 95% and remnants tend to be highly isolated and fragmented. The woodland and its waterways provide an essential home to many of our most threatened species.

Eligible projects

We are looking to partner with land managers, whose properties are within the boundaries on the map below, who have existing areas of Box Gum Grassy Woodland on or adjoining their property, including areas with existing large trees and/or areas with a diversity of native groundcover species. Eligible projects include:

  • Protecting existing remnant areas by fencing to exclude stock.
  • Enhancing existing remnant areas by fencing to excluding stock and/or planting trees and shrubs to increase diversity.
  • Connecting existing remnant areas by fencing and planting large blocks of trees, tree lanes, clusters and/or paddock trees. This may include connecting to areas that aren’t on your property such as neighbouring remnants on roadsides, public and private land.
  • Rehabilitating creeks or minor/moderate erosion gullies and Connecting remnant riparian vegetation by fencing and planting.

Target Area Map for EOI Info sheet

More information and how to apply

To be eligible for funding from the 21/22 grant round, download and complete the expression of interest (EOI) application form.

Once complete, email your EOI to, or post to Local Land Services, PO Box 49 Boorowa NSW 2586.

Note that completed forms have to be submitted or postmarked by 30 July 2021.

For more information contact Melissa Henry - Senior NRM Advisor on 6385 1018.

This program is being funded by the NSW Government through a partnership between South East Local Land Services, the Saving our Species program, the Environmental Trust and Catchment Action NSW.

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