Landcare Is Critical

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The stunning environment of the Otway Ranges on Victoria's Great Ocean Road boasts endangered cool temperate rainforest gullies, wet forests with populations of soft tree ferns and dense coastal scrub. This landscape was once home to healthy populations of Spotted Quoll, Long Nosed Potoroo and Rufous Bristlebird, however a hundred years of forestry and farming has resulted in substantial clearance of habitat on private land, greatly restricting range for these species.

Quality vegetation on private land is a critical part of the picture for wildlife conservation. The Southern Otway Landcare Network is a community that believes that they are stewards of the land that they own. For 20 years our local volunteers have been collecting seed, learning how to grow rainforest plants and watching how the Otways are responding to a changing climate. We've learnt a lot about how these forests grow and now it's time to revisit our plantings and see how they're going.
We're going back into old Landcare project sites and working to make them better habitat for our threatened species. To do this, we are using the Victorian State Government's assessment tool "Habitat Hectares" to score our plantings and understand what actions we need to take to improve them. This might include things like planting for improved biodiversity, protecting mature trees or ensuring that there is sufficient ground cover. Every year we are putting cameras into our sites to see how the wildlife is responding.

A lot of work has been done over the last two decades. Recently the Southern Otway Landcare Network has helped get between 30,000 - 100,000 locally produced plants back into the ground each year, every year. Thanks to the work of our research partners the Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway, we now know that are still quolls in the Otways and our mission is to support habitat restoration for this and other threatened species. We're running out of resources to continue this critical work and we need your help.

The Southern Otway Landcare Network stretches along the Great Ocean Road between Wye River and Johanna and our members range from people who have revegetated entire properties to farmers committed to integrating agriculture and conservation. All of us are passionate about the Otways and Great Ocean Road and want to share this passion with our many visitors. Millions of people drive along the Great Ocean Road each year. If just a fraction of these visitors made a small donation, we would be able to continue our work to restore habitat for threatened species and help keep the Otways a beautiful and special place.

How The Funds Will Be Used

We are aiming to raise $20,000. $10,000  will be raised from the public which will be matched by an additional $10,000 from the Victorian State Government's Threatened Species Initiative. This will allow us to work with four forests in the Southern Otways to:

*Assess habitat quality
*Develop a management plan for each site to improve habitat quality for threatened species
*Undertake onground actions such as vegetation enhancement
*Place wildlife cameras and analyse data

It costs us about $5,000 per forest. At a minimum, we'd like to do four - but the more we raise, the more work we can do!
(We'll also spend about $500 to support this campaign)

The Challenges

After 20 years, there are a lot of Landcare plantings that need to be revisited and it takes time and resources to get around to them all. We know we can't do them all at once - that's why we're taking it site by site. We are starting by choosing plantings in our most representative Ecological Vegetation Classes to get a sense of what is going on across the landscape. From that point on, it's just a matter of resources.       
on 15th Dec 2015 at 7:00am. The payment portal is closed now.
A$10 +Warm Inner glowFeel good because you know you helped. Give yourself a pat on the back, or share on social media and get others to pat you on the back for you.
7 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2016
A$25 +Desktop WallpaperWe'll provide you with a beautiful image of the Otway Ranges you can use as wallpaper for your computer or device. So good you'll almost be able to smell the rainforest!
10 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2016
A$50 +Pack of seedA pack of seed so you can grow your own Otways at home. You will be provided with a variety of local species from locally collected seed. Not available for shipping overseas or to Western Australia, sorry!
12 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2016
A$100 +Field GuidesA complete set of field guides to the flora, fauna and fungi of the Southern Otways. These are glossy DL gatefold guides that are perfect for bushwalking.
6 Chosen | 94 AvailableEst. delivery is January 2016
A$120 +Photography Coaching A one and a half hour one on one coaching session with professional photographer David Simmonds. Available in the Otways or Melbourne.
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$150 +Landcare visit Properties within the Southern Otway Landcare Network area (the southern face of the Otway Ranges between Wye River and Johanna) will receive a two hour visit from a Landcare staff memebr to receive advice and assistance on land management for production and / or conservation.
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2016
A$250 +Forest cocktailsThis one is for those of you who don't live locally. You will receive an invitation to a "Cocktails in the Forest" event where you will have the chance to wander through the bush, drink in hand, and see first hand the work Landcare does for Threatened Species.
1 Chosen | 49 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2016
A$350 +Bull Semen20 lucky punters will receive 5 straws of bull semen from Tanybryn Park Limousin Stud. Tanybryn Park breed wonderful stud Limousin cattle high in the Otways surrounded by rainforest. It would their great pleasure to supply you with semen for all your AI needs.
0 Chosen | 20 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$500 +Property PlanA visit and development of a complete property plan for properties within the Southern Otway Landcare Network (the southern face of the Otway Ranges between Wye River and Johanna). Staff from the Southern Otway Landcare Network will work with you to develop a complete property plan addressing revegetation, weed control and soil health.
0 Chosen | 10 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$800 +Farmstay at Meadows FarmTwo nights at the beautiful Meadows Farms at the top of the Wild Dog Road. Meadows Farm boasts beautiful gardens and stands of rainforest deep in the heart of the Otway Ranges.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$1000 +All GoneFarmstay holiday2 nights at Wongarra Farm. Wongarra Farm is a working farm producing truffles, meat, eggs and vegetables. It boasts some of the most spectacular views in the Otways and provides spacious, beautiful accommodation.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$1001 +Sponsorship packageThe Southern Otway Landcare Network loves to support those who support us. We invite in interested businesses or community groups to contact us to discuss potential sponsorship packages.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2016