The banks of the Chapman River near Deepdale are starting to look a little bit healthier this week, thanks to some rain and the great landscape restoration work being undertaken under NACC’s Rivers and Wetlands project.
Although initially delayed for a few weeks due to dry weather conditions, planting is currently underway at a site which will eventually link existing corridor plantings from the Moresby Ranges to the Chapman River.
Storm Jefferies from Western Mulga, who is managing the project, said the recent rain was much needed to finalise planting six hectares of mixed native species. Fencing and weed control works – especially to control African boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum) – were also being undertaken.
Mike Johnson from the Department of Water, who has been involved with NRM and boxthorn projects for more than 20 years in the region, said African boxthorn is a woody weed that is very tough to control. Access to the plant is always difficult, and dangerous because of their big spikes. Follow-up treatment is needed in most cases – to spray new shoots. Animals eat the orange berries and spread the seeds along rivers and creeks.
Removal of boxthorn along the river banks is an ongoing strategy aimed at controlling one of the worst invasive Weed of National Significance in the region.
“Weed Control and revegetation works will continue over the next couple of years to ensure the site will be rehabilitated and people in Deepdale can enjoy the natural beauty of the Chapman River,” said NACC Natural Resource Management officer Marieke Jensen.