North-west of Louth in New South Wales, Glenora and King’s Bore sit on relatively flat terrain of soft, red, sandy soil. Across over 33,000ha the landscape ranges from open shrublands, interspersed with open cane grass swamp lands to ephemeral salt lakes.
Helen Parker is the leasehold owner of the two properties and decided to work with GreenCollar on a Human-Induced Regeneration project after seeing the broad scale impact of feral animals and domestic grazing on the native vegetation and wildlife.
Since implementing the project, Helen has invested back into the land and the local economy through fencing and watering point improvements, including upgrading boundary fencing and pipeline. Helen has also worked to remove feral goats from the properties – something that wouldn’t have been possible following the wool market crash if Helen didn’t have income from her carbon project.
Now, Helen runs a sustainable grazing enterprise while managing a mixed native forest of Bimblebox, Turpentine, Budda, Hopbush, Puntybush, Leopardwood, Mulga and Gidgee. Helen reports scrub and grass in the project area getting thicker and has seen grass-eating birds such as budgies and Mulga Parrots return as a result. The trees also provide refuge for many other species including the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo as well as Corellas, Major Mitchell Parrots, Galahs and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.
Helens’ favourite thing about the project? The regular sight of budgies swooping through the project area, the flock silhouetted against the red sunset.
Human Induced Regeneration of a Permanent Even-Aged Forest 1.1 methodology (2013)
Louth, New South Wales