Foxground Landcare boasts a community membership of over 22 local residents. Members range from the age of 15 years to 78 years old, and a total of 14 properties are included in the management strategy for carrying out environmental works in the Foxground area.
The group was established in 2001 and to date has been successful in obtaining funding through applying for a number of grants for a range of environmental projects.
2002 saw the start of a collaborative fox control program in the area involving a number of private land holders, Landcare Illawarra and a contractor who carried out trapping and shooting activities.
Landholders paid their own way through the 2002/03 program which included 16 shooting days which resulted in the eradication of 56 foxes, 30 rabbits, 15 goats and 1 rat. Landcare Illawarra funded the 2005/06 program which was based on the initial program and involved a larger region and includes a follow up shoot every year to present day. In 2007 12 foxes, 1 deer were eradicated and in 2008 19 foxes and so far in 2009 5 foxes have been removed from the area.
2002/03 Landcare Illawarra contributed an estimated $10 000 towards the ?Green links riparian vegetation project? where a survey of the infestations of Madeira vine was carried out by Richard Scarborough and mapped, and a tree climber was employed to bring down heavily infested canopies. This project involved four properties in the area.
In 2003 the Environmental Trust funded Foxground Landcare $29 726 for a 3 year project entitled ?Rainforest and Eucalyptus regeneration project? which included planting and the removal of major Madeira vine removal.
In 2007 the Environmental Trust awarded Foxground Landcare a further $17 380 for a three year follow up project ?Regeneration of rainforest and eucalypt completion? and this was used to hire a bush regeneration contractor to carry out mass weed infestation control, particularly on Madeira vine.
In 2009 Foxground Landcare was again awarded money for a unique project entitled ‘Surveying and monitoring Spotted Quolls in Foxground NSW’ from the World Wildlife Fund?s Threatened Species Network Community Grant in the sum of $14 819.
The group work on a labour exchange program and meet on the third Saturday of the month at 9.30am. New members must attend at least five working bees before their property will be included in the work plan.
Members work to remove weed species such as Madeira, Lantana, Croften, Mistflower, Cape Ivy, Trad and Fleabane. Revegetation activities are also carried out as well as encouraging natural regeneration.
The group end the working day with a delightful banquet where members bring along their own dish to contribute to the feast. It is a wonderful social group who are more than happy to welcome new members.
The group meets once a month usually on the Third Saturday of the month at 9.30am, Venues are rotated and advised by site coordinatior
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