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Milton Rural Landcare Inc.

Mapping the Shoalhaven

Aims

To train and educate members of MRL in the use of relevant spatial information systems to monitor change and contribute to improving environmental management in our area.

To introduce spatial mapping technologies to MRL. The program will primarily focus on environmental issues within Milton Rural Landcare area of interest with a particular focus on the presence of threatened species. This project methodology is the engage in the geospatial mapping of a range of habitats by the community to raise awareness of and to ensure that endangered species are considered in landscape management at the local level.

Review of a range of local resources to enrich understandings of endangered species and their habitats, such as oral history from foresters, farmers and old timers, video, existing map data, lists of plantings for specific habitats across the region.

This project will:

    1. Review a range of local resources and pilot their digital use linked to geospatial data.
    2. Project Mapping and Monitoring using layers that can be fed back to the agencies.
    3. establish protocols for its use by members and negotiating input from public databases.
    4. design interfaces required and establish compatibility of layered inputs, such as locations Place Diaries or Pest Animals, Feral weeds and endemic and endangered plants, animals and communities.
    5. Vegetation monitoring – establish 2 monitoring points and procedures, devise standards for its recording of vegetation and future uses, such as saltmarsh and coastal heath.
    6. Hold a feedback project meeting with partner groups, agencies and institutions.
    7. “Mapping the Shoalhaven” Project Aims:
    8. To train and educate members of the general public in the use of relevant spatial information systems to monitor change and contribute to improving environmental management in our area.
    9. To introduce spatial mapping technologies to community groups within the Shoalhaven LGA. The program will primarily focus on environmental issues with Shoalhaven Landcare Inc and involves local high schools, university research and support, industry technical support, local Council, the Catchment Management Authority and other government agencies. Engaging cooperative landcare groups both facilitates data collection as well as exposing us to a variety of issues of concern/interest. This illustrates that the interactions between people representing different interests are a key to effective landscape management. Data collection and education are concurrent processes needing to update and inform each other as new information becomes available.
      • For example, we’ve been given a national model “How does your garden grow?” to make locally relevant with pictures of plants in the right spaces, we want to coordinate education of gardeners and new landholders with the actions of bushcarers, weed officers, subcontracted bush regenerators, bushcare trainers, local community educators and carers for particular reserves, parks and special bush on private lands and farms.

We also want to involve the kids so our educators can link into locally relevant examples of the concepts they are trying to teach and thus crossing a range of curricular areas. We want our actions to be based on the best and most up-to-date scientific research and so help researchers to be relevant to changing needs as well.

Mapping the detail at a local level to monitor the changing ‘big picture’ is foundational to and essential to any coordinative functions at a regional level. We need to establish and collate our own baseline data set for effective care of our country. Engaging in geospatial data collection to support different groups on-ground environmental works.