Z-NET Uralla News
Z-NET has been out and about doing biodiversity assessments on local properties to see if there is adequate dead wood for firewood collection. We don’t often think about the other values of dead wood as we stoke up our winter heaters. But wood is critical in the environment providing habitat for bugs and birds, protecting soil from erosion, increasing rain penetration, and slowly recycling nutrients into the soil.
We have called this project the Elephant in the Woodland, as we hope our firewood has been collected in a sustainable way but are often too sacred or shy to ask the question when that critical wood delivery arrives! If you would like to come along on our next assessment, please contact Trish (projects(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)zneturalla.org.au). It is an easy half day enjoying our woodlands. This project is supported by NSW Environmental Trust.
|Figure 1. Z-NET volunteers Elsie (L) and Leonie helping Project Officer Trish (R) assess the level of dead wood on the ground to determine if this site has surplus wood that could be used for firewood, with minimal impact on the woodland.|