Revegetation station

Ross Johnson, a local land owner near Horrocks, saw a need and responded to it.

Through NACC’s Biodiversity Rivers and Wetlands project, about 11 hectares of revegetated land in Willigulli has seen a great success, with an 88% survival rate so far.

Mr Johnson fenced the site himself with help from NACC funding to help revegetate it.

Ross Johnson with some salt bush seedlings.
Ross Johnson with some salt bush seedlings.

He wanted to do the project because he could see that the bare hill side was eroding and would eventually effect the land below.

He said: “I am very pleased with the success. It has been a dry season but the 50mm we had recently probably saved the small percentage that were struggling. I am very confident about summer survival,” Mr Johnson said.

Mr Johnson is hoping that any successful seedlings in the upper parts of the stream, will wash seeds down to lower parts where they will germinate.

More seedlings may be planted in the future, once the most successful plants have grown and established.

Mr Johnson said the project has taught him about how successful old man salt bush can be in these areas and has learnt about the new Anameka variety.

Ben Cobley has a different story.

His property, Erragulla, is located in Mingenew.

Mingenew has received a very low recorded growing season rainfall and to top it off, it was a challenging site with significant gully erosion, salt and wind scalding requiring significant earthworks.

Many seedlings that managed to survive were grazed off by Kangaroos, with a final average of 50% survival rate of the plants – not bad.

Mr Cobley said: “This site is very tough, and previous plantings have also failed, but I would really love to see this site a success in 10 years’ time and plan to keep working at it.

“The earthworks and plantings were all done very well, it’s just such a shame to have had to plant it into such a dry year.”

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