Seeder used to help re­store veg­e­ta­tion at sta­tion’s clay pan

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

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 pshort@greeningaus­ or visit the Face­book page Green­ing Aus­tralia — Pil­bara.

The first line of di­rect seed­ing.

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