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Communities encouraged to branch out with photo competition

LOCALS are invited to get snapping and submit entries into the Buloke woodlands photo competition.

Communities encouraged to branch out with photo competition

Buloke woodlands

Organised by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA), the competition is open to all ages and aims to raise awareness of the endangered woodlands, listed under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Buloke woodlands are characterised by Buloke, a distinctive tree belonging to the She-oak family that can grow up to 15 m tall and has long, wiry branchlets instead of leaves. Other tree species that grow among the Bulokes include Slender Cypress-pine, Belah and Sugarwood. Eucalypts are not prominent in these woodlands.

Mallee CMA chairperson Sharyon Peart said it is important to highlight the significance of the woodlands in the Mallee.

“Although Buloke woodlands were once widespread, they were cleared extensively and are now being further degraded by rabbits, kangaroos and stock which graze on seedlings and stop canopy trees from regenerating,” she said.

“These woodlands provide important habitat for many native plants and animals, including threatened species such as the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo and the White-browed Treecreeper,” she said.

There are five categories within the competition: landscape, flora, fauna, our impact and junior. The prize for each category is a $500 gift voucher.

The competition opens April 26 and closes May 25, with the winners announced in June.

Land managers with areas of Buloke woodlands on their property can help protect these woodlands by excluding stock and controlling rabbits within these areas to give Bulokes and other native species the chance to regenerate.

The largest remaining stands of Buloke woodlands in Victoria are in the Hattah-Kulkyne, Murray-Sunset and Wyperfeld National Parks. The community can help by sticking to existing tracks when driving through national parks and reserves.

Click here for more information about Buloke woodlands, details on the photo competition, including the online entry form and the Terms and Conditions.

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