Expression Of Interest To Take Part In A Revegetation Trial For
Giant Gippsland Earthworm Habitat
BackgroundRevegetation projects provide challenges for Giant Gippsland Earthworm (GGE) conservation. GGE colonies require sufficient soil moisture all year round to survive. While revegetating stream banks, for example, has a multitude of benefits, revegetation of habitat occupied by GGEs dries out soils and may make areas no longer suitable for colonies. Without action to avoid or mitigate these effects, revegetation projects can inadvertently result in harm, or even local extinctions, of GGE colonies.The Triholm Landcare Group has recently received a Community Government Grant to undertake a project titled – “Building capability to Manage Giant Gippsland Earthworm Habitat on farms”.We are looking for a small number of landowners who would like to take part in this exciting project and serve as demonstration farms to showcase modified revegetation strategies that help protect the soil moisture levels of Giant Gippsland Earthworm habitat.The project will involve:Identification and mapping of GGE colonies on your property by a GGE expertDesigning revegetation works around these coloniesPlanting and fencing of sites with modified designs (volunteers)Field days to showcase demonstration planting design and techniquesPotential for long term monitoring of siteIf you are certain that you have Giant Gippsland Earthworms on your property and are interested in becoming involved in this project, please provide the information requested below so that we can determine the suitability of your property for this trial. Thankyou.