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Revegetation along the Pike River
« on: October 27, 2013, 01:05:26 PM »
Revegetation along the Pike River

The River Murray Forest (RMF) program is a State-funded initiative to revegetate and reconnect the corridor habitat of the River Murray on private and public land to increase biodiversity, restore ecosystem health, and to establish a means for carbon sequestration.

On the 1 July, the Aboriginal Learning on Country (ALOC) team’s, Tony Stevens, Glenn Chisholm, Michael Boon and newcomer Gary Abdulla, along with Graduate Park Ranger, Meryl Jenkins, began a three-week planting project along the Pike River as a part of the RMF program.

This work, organised by Environmental Consultant, Phil Barron and the RMF’s Project Manager, Geoff Hodgson, was complemented by 40 kilometres of direct seeding by the ALOC team in the weeks before the planting.

Approximately 6,000 native trees and understorey species were planted in 25ha at three locations in the Pike River area.

The low annual rainfall at Pike River has made revegetation efforts difficult in the past. To help the germinating seedlings through the drier months, a technique developed in the south-east was used to improve rainfall capture and success rates.

Furrows were created using a v-blade direct seeding machine, with a press wheel behind to cover the seed with soil. The seedlings were then planted at regular intervals, each with a basin to capture rainfall and reduce seed movement and potential erosion.

The ALOC team was joined by a range of Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources staff, volunteers from Renmark High School, the Renmark to Border LAP Group, and members of the community.

The weather held well for the extra helpers, with bright crisp mornings and warm afternoons. It was a great opportunity for students, staff and volunteers to get outdoors in the fresh air to contribute to improving the health of our region.

ALOC staff will monitor the weather conditions over the rest of winter, coming spring and summer to determine if the seedlings require extra watering to help them survive to the next winter.

For more information, contact Geoff Hodgson, project manager River Murray Forest, DEWNR on (08) 8336 0924.

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