Seeder used to help restore vegetation at station’s clay pan
Greening Australia has again returned to the Pilbara to restore the diverse vegetation at Mulga Downs Station.
The environmental organisation has been working to restore the important snakewood shrubland and tussock grassland habitat on a degraded clay pan at the station.
The restoration work forms part of the Pilbara Corridors Project, a collaborative partnership to enhance habitat and address threats to biodiversity in the Pilbara.
To facilitate the process a special commercial native vegetation seeder was used where multiple implements are used to prepare the soil allowing seeds and water to penetrate before drilling the seeds into freshly turned soil.
Mulga Downs station manager Victor Gleeson said the restoration had proved difficult in the clay pan because water and seeds struggled to get through the hard-baked crust.
“It’s great to see the CommVeg finally out in that area. With poor summer rains for a few years we’ve had to put the project on hold, but now we will be eagerly waiting to see what comes up,” he said.
“We just need a bit more rain to trigger growth. It is exciting to finally reach this stage of the project where we will soon be able to see the results of our efforts,” said Greening Australia’s Pip Short, who has been managing the project for the past year.
Greening Australia said it was approached for assistance in restoring the site after Mr Gleeson noticed vegetation has successfully regrown in areas cattle had been kept.
Mr Gleeson said that a machine was capable of performing the same function as the cattle’s hooves and would facilitate new growth.
The Pilbara Corridors Project is a partnership between Greening Australia, Rangelands NRM and the Department of Parks and Wildlife funded by the Australian Government.
To find out more about the project or any other Greening Australia programs, contact Pilbara Community Projects co-ordinator Pip Short at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page Greening Australia — Pilbara.
The first line of direct seeding.