The Brigade are back and they are boxing out Boxthorn.
The Dongara-based Boxthorn Brigade are gearing up to remove every last invasive African Boxthorn seedling along the Irwin River Estuary.
Initiated by Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) and supported by the Shire of Irwin’s Tidy Town Sustainable Committee, the group has been formed to create community awareness on African Boxthorn (Lycium ferrocissimum) and help keep it from smothering the Estuary’s natural and recreational assets.
Since the Irwin Estuary Weed Management Plan was developed in 2012, NACC and the Shire of Irwin have tackled the majority the larger boxthorn plants along the estuary. However seeds spread and new boxthorn seedlings have sprouted, prompting the call to action through the brigade.
Dishing out the dirt
To help combat the growing issue, 10 community volunteers recently joined the Boxthorn Brigade to remove an outstanding 227 boxthorn seedlings in just under two hours.
NACC Coastal & Marine Project Officer Vanessa McGuiness said: “Once we began to look for the seedlings we didn’t realise how much there would be or how hard they would be to remove, even at 10cm high!”
“It was a great effort achieved by these volunteers and we can thank them enough for helping us collect data on the occurrence and removal of boxthorn at the Estuary.”
Interested in joining the Boxthorn Brigade?
— Vanessa McGuiness (@Vanessa_NACC) June 13, 2017
We can never have enough volunteers to help us tackle this thorny problem!
Please register you interest via email Vanessa.McGuiness@nacc.com.au or phone 08 9938 0108.
NACC will make “Boxthorn Brigade Packs” with the appropriate gear to safely remove the seedlings. These will be made available to pick up soon at the new NACC office in the Dongara Community Resources Centre.
NACC’s Quick Step Grant Program was made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.