A community tree planting day to restore native vegetation and encourage a return of native birds, animals and fish, is set to take place at a creek-side paddock on Saturday.
The tree planting open day will take place at Charles Sturt University's Risky Paddock, which has been set aside as a biodiversity zone following the removal of willows on the flood-prone land.
Charles Sturt University staff and students are making a section of the Orange campus habitable for native fish and wildlife.
Summer Hill Creekcare, Orange City Council, Central Tablelands Landcare, CSU and the Department of Primary Industries are hoping to reach a goal of more than 2000 trees planted at Risky Paddock on the corner of Banjo Paterson Way and Ophir Road.
Project manager Dr Cilla Kinross has organised the tree planting and community open day to help reach this goal.
"Tree planters will learn about the diversity of native species being planted that will enhance the opportunities for wildlife in the stream as well as in the riparian zone," Dr Kinross said.
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"Awareness will be increased about taking a landscape approach to nature conservation and biodiversity management."
Dr Kinross said the plan is to put in another 500 native trees, shrubs and grasses at the site with 200 to 300 to go in this week followed by another couple of hundred in the spring.
"We try to be as authentic as possible but most of the vegetation was removed," she said.
The open day, with tree planting, guided tour and lunch, will be held for community members and fishing clubs on Saturday from 9.30am to 2pm.
A tree planting and preparation day will be held on Friday for staff and students from 9.30am to noon. Registration is required, email Dr Kinross at email@example.com.
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