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A new partnership between the Friends of Trevallyn Reserve, Riverside Scouts and Cubs and the Parks and Wildlife Service to undertake a range of environmental projects will benefit the Trevallyn Nature Reserve in Launceston.

Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Region manager, Chris Colley, said the friends group and the scouts and cubs will work together on environmental projects that will help the scouts and cubs to achieve their Landcare and World Wildlife Federation badges during the next six months.

"The Riverside scouts and cubs will work under the guidance of members of the Friends of Trevallyn Reserve, with the first project, tree planting at Aquatic Point to be held on Saturday, 11 August," Mr Colley said.

"More than 100 native species will be planted including trees and shrubs native to the Trevallyn Reserve and native grasses to provide erosion control at the water's edge."

Mr Colley said that the Trevallyn Nature Reserve is unusual in that it is found so close to a major city, yet is home to 25 threatened plants as well as rare and vulnerable fauna species.

Mr Colley said that scouts and cubs participating in the program will learn about protecting public areas from habitat degradation, the importance of providing corridors for animals and birds to move safely between areas of habitat, encouraging regeneration of native habitat for endangered and vulnerable species and maintaining a balance between recreational use in reserves and protection of habitats.

"The Friends of Trevallyn is one of the region's most active groups and it's great to see them taking on the role of mentor to the young scouts and cubs.

"The Friends members will pass on their knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the unique features of the environment and encourage these young people to recognise that they too can play an important role in ensuring a sustainable future for native flora and fauna."

Tool and safety equipment for the planting day will be provided by the Parks and Wildlife Service and Friends of Trevallyn Reserve. Volunteers will meet at 10am and a sausage sizzle will be held throughout the event.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Jaqui Scarborough, Parks and Wildlife Service volunteer coordinator on 6336 5328 or 0429 169 166.