Soil improvement for salt-affected land

Landcare steward Brendon Haeusler is always working hard to improve the soil quality on his farm, and recently completed fencing a four-kilometre protective boundary around a section of native vegetation on his property ‘Kilburn’, northeast of Carnamah.

You may recognise Brendon’s name – his work has been receiving plenty of attention lately after he was announced as the local ‘Soil Health Champion’ for the Northern Agricultural Region at the 2018 Talkin’ Soil Health conference in Dalwallinu.

Brendon said he was very proud to be the region’s Soil Health Champion, and hopes he can encourage others to protect existing vegetation, and improve soil health.

The new fencing on his 950 ha farm will help to protect about 115 ha of vegetation from the detrimental impacts of livestock grazing. It also assists in connecting the areas of revegetation already underway throughout the property, which is being undertaken to improve the health of salt affected areas.

NACC Bushcare Officer Vanessa Brown recently visited the property to assess the fencing, and saw first-hand the revegetation, and the already-noticeable improvement of salt-affected areas.

“We can all take some inspiration from the work being done on Brendon’s property,” she said. “And realise it’s not too late to start replanting on areas that were once thought to be a write-off.”

Fencing also allows natural regeneration to take place – which may also facilitate recovery of salt-affected land, and in time encourage native wildlife to utilise the area as they once did.

The property is close to the Yarra Yarra Lakes system which is home to an abundance of wildlife, and is commonly used as a foraging area for native birds such as black swans (Cygnus atratus), pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus), and banded stilts (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus). The protected vegetation on Brendon’s property will increase the amount of vegetation available to native wildlife moving through the landscape.

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


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