Karabar school students dig in to save local species
Students from Karabar High School are getting their hands dirty in the name of conservation as they plant up to 100 native Yellow Box trees and remove weeds from Queanbeyan Nature Reserve today.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said that 50 Year 10 students studying agriculture and geography will take their classroom into the field so they can learn about threatened species directly from National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers and Saving our Species researchers.
“Queanbeyan Nature Reserve is a really amazing place and home to a variety of unique and endangered species,” Mr Barilaro said.
“It’s great that the students will be out there getting their hands dirty to see how they can revive the local environment to protect our threatened species.”
Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton said it was great news that the next generation are being equipped with the knowledge and skills to care for our environment.
“The students will get to hear educational talks and see firsthand all the work NPWS do to save these species and improve their unique environments,” Ms Upton said.
Maggie Sutcliffe from NPWS said the bush regeneration activities will help threatened species by creating more suitable habitat.
“The Reserve is home to the threatened Grassland Earless Dragon, the Golden Sun Moth and the Button Wrinklewort,” Ms Sutcliffe said.
“One of the best ways to keep young people engaged in conservation is to be able to show them the results of their contribution so we’ll continue to work with them and other local schools.
“We hope to bring the students from Karabar High School back soon to see the progress of their tree planting and work,” Ms Sutcliffe said.
The tree planting and educational event will take place with Karabar High School students on Thursday 5 April 2018.
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