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Connecting Country - A Community Connecting

Connecting Country is a community engagement program in the Mount Alexander Region aimed at focusing on protecting and enhancing yellow box woodlands, a critical connecting habitat for endangered species such as the Brush tailed phascogale.

Part of their community approach has been to work in collaboration with Focus on Community and invite the public to share their own encouraging actions and experiences in a collection of photographs and stories. The woodlands on our properties and neighbouring land are some of the most threatened ecosystems in our region. By collating the images and their accompanying texts in this small booklet, the participants and other readers can realize their extraordinary efforts toward understanding and restoring these landscapes.

The booklet was launched on Thursday 11th March 2010 at the Newstead Community Centre. Connecting Country also hosted two great speakers as part of their Woodland Restoration Course. Professor Andrew Bennett, landscape ecologist from Deakin University, presented on the importance of woodlands and how we can look after them and the wildlife that they support. Dr Chris Tzaros, author of the renowned “Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Forests” and now Conservation Manager for Birds Australia introduced the large crowd to some of the birds of our woodlands and how to keep tabs on their survival.

The event was a joint venture between the Connecting Country Landscape Restoration Project and Newstead Landcare Group.

For more info about Connecting Country go to www.connectingcountry.org.au
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