LandCorp has initiated a two-year seed collection program at Montario Quarter to enhance the revegetation program for the Woodland Precinct;
Environmental consultants have been employed to collect seeds from native species across the site;
The seeds collected will ensure the best possible revegetation outcome for area.
LandCorp has initiated a two-year seed collection and weed control program as a key element of its extensive bushland revegetation plans for Montario Quarter.
Landscape architects Urbis and environmental managers Natural Area have been employed to collect seeds from native species across the site.
John Hackett, LandCorp’s General Manager Metropolitan said the aim of the program is to ensure the restoration of the natural integrity of the local bush in retained areas.
“Collection began in January and we are steadily building a comprehensive array of seeds from all native species in the local undergrowth and trees,” Mr Hackett said.
“Using local seed stock to grow native plants will give us the best possible revegetation outcome and also ensure that the local fauna will continue to flourish in the area.”
A spokesperson from Urbis said that once completed the revegetation program will increase the quality of retained bushland across the site through supplementary bushland planting.
“Works will also increase the overall tree canopy coverage providing shade and amenity whilst strongly supporting local biodiversity and ecology.”
“Our collective aim is to improve areas of ‘good’ vegetation to ‘very good’ and ‘degraded areas’ to ‘good’ as classified by environmental assessment. Our first step towards this is seed collection to ensure local provenance of species and weed control to ensure best success.”
Mr Hackett said that ensuring that the retained bushland was of a high quality is a central aspect of LandCorp’s overall vision for Montario Quarter.
“In addition to the seed collection program, we expect to plant approximately 150 new trees in the Woodland Precinct alone which is more than the number of trees we are planning on removing.”
“The trees planted will be primarily cockatoo-friendly species of jarrah, tuart and marri.”
Mr Hackett said that ensuring the protection of the local fauna while also providing housing options has been a key consideration in the planning of the estate.
“The surveys conducted have identified 29 trees on site that were potential habitats for black cockatoos – though none were found to contain nests”.
“Of these 29 trees, less than five will be removed as part of the necessary bush fire regulation clearing.”
Mr Hackett said that large areas of the Woodland Precinct are currently degraded, with significant amounts of weeds present.
“A weed management program has been initiated to improve the quality of the vegetation in the Woodland Precinct. This area has already started to show improvement as a result of this program.”
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