Help us Join the Dots!
Dear Cities of Mitcham, Unley and Onkaparinga Residents,
The bad news is that the grassy woodland ecosystem dominated by grey box eucalypt trees that you live in is nationally threatened! The good news is that you can help conserve and enhance what's left by what you put in your gardens.
By planting local indigenous understorey plants from Grey Box Grassy Woodlands in your gardens, around 450 local residents are already reconnecting remnants of this nationally threatened ecological community. The map (below right) shows the local pre-European extent, how much local remnant is not protected by reserves, and how people like you are helping to protect and extend what's left.We're inviting the rest of you to 'join the dots' by simply confirming the physical address where your Grey Box Day plants were established if you have purchased in the past. If you haven't participated previously, you can get involved in the upcoming plant sale! Check out the plant list (421kB pdf) and ORDER NOW
Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) Woodlands provide important natural habitats for many native animals such as possums, reptiles, butterflies and birds.Traditionally they extended from Sellicks Hill to Burnside, mainly along the Hills Face and Adelaide Plains. However since clearance its distribution has been reduced from over 20,000 hectares to under 2,000 hectares with most of the remaining woodland threatened by weeds, introduced animals, urbanisation and inappropriate recreational activities.
The plant packs will be available for pick up at the 2013 Grey Box Day community event June 1st at Belair National Park. Community group displays, a kids' face painting, Cleland Wildlife Park animals, kids' activities and information on local provenance planting, water-wise gardening and garden designs will also be on show.
This year's sale is supported by a Caring for our Country grant. Caring for our Country is an Australian Government initiative jointly administered by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
This event has been coordinated by the Grey Box Community Group, Inc. and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) through the Urban Biodiversity Unit. Grey Box Grassy Woodlands and Derived Native Grasslands of South-eastern Australia have been listed, and are protected as a nationally threatened ecological community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).