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Carving it up for conservation

RESIDENTS in the Camden region will watch a live demonstration of an innovative new approach to habitat conservation next week.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services has joined forces with Camden Council and Sydney Arbor Trees to show off a new chainsaw technique creating tree hollows to house native wildlife.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services officer Jenny Schabel said it was about educating the community on the importance of tree hollows for wildlife on the Cumberland Plain.

"The high rate of population growth in the region can result in habitat destruction for native wildlife, rather than just cutting dead or dying trees down we can create homes for native animals including endangered species," she said.

Arborist Michael Sullings will perform the demonstration on the day and said dead and decaying wood is a food source for insects and other invertebrates, which are in turn food for reptiles and mammals and birds.

"Alive or dead, trees containing hollows are habitat for all manner of organisms," he said. "It is time for us to rethink our approach, not all trees are hazardous."

Background facts:

It is estimated that 15 per cent of Australian vertebrate species use natural tree hollows for nesting, raising young and housing. In NSW alone, over 150 species of wildlife are what's known as obligate hollow users. Around 40 of these species are listed as vulnerable or endangered.

WHEN: 9‐11am, Tuesday 1st December

WHERE: Belgenny Reserve (off Belgenny Ave, Camden)

Media contact: Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138