Restoration success in Perenjori

NACC staff recently had the privilege of meeting one of our region’s most passionate farmers when the Biodiversity Team caught up with Perenjori local Ken Sevenson.

Ken has installed more than 16 kilometres of stock-proof fencing on his property – protecting more than 330 hectares of remnant revegetation. And, with the help of local nurseryman Ian Pulbrook, he has revegetated more than 50 hectares as part of this project, using local provenance seedlings.

Perenjori farmer Ken Sevenson.
Perenjori farmer Ken Sevenson.

Ken’s property is near the Yarra Yarra Catchment salt lake systems, and is one of the last agricultural properties before “the clearing line”. It shares its eastern boundary with nature reserves managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and represents an important stepping-stone corridor for native wildlife.

The fencing and restoration works that Ken has undertaken will help protect the bushland on his property from grazing by livestock, compaction of soils and transfer of weed seeds. He has also taken a proactive approach to monitoring pests and weeds.

NACC Bushcare Officer Vanessa Brown said she was inspired by the work being done by Ken on his property, and by his commitment to “doing his bit” to advance sustainable natural resource management in the region.

“Ken is really passionate about protecting remnant bushland and biodiversity on his property,” she said.

“This has been an on-going project for a number of years, which is still incomplete – so I am looking forward to going back in November to see the final stage of fencing complete.”

To find out how you too can help protect our region’s unique plants and animals please visit https://www.nacc.com.au/project/bushland/

This project is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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