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Marine Estate Management Strategy

Project on-ground start - November 2019

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We thank Local Land Services North Coast for providing grant and onground support (via Jesse) for this project.

The focus of this project was two sections (approx 900m total) of Emigrant Creek riparian zone bordering Forest Farm. 

 

Goal: prevent further erosion and sediment run off into the waterway by establishing appropriate native vegetation within the riparian zone.  

The focus of this project was aimed specifically at two sections (approx. 900m total) of the Emigrant Creek riparian zone situated on our property. The main goal was to prevent further erosion and sediment run off into the waterway by establishing appropriate native vegetation within the riparian zone.

Map in here showing the grant area??

Objective 1:

Restriction of cattle from directly accessing the creek. Permanent fencing was erected in one section for permanent exclusion, while electric fencing in the other in order to enable progressive removal of cattle from the property. 

 

Objective 2:

Treat all large woody weeks,  particularly large camphor laurel and coral trees.

 

Objective 3: 

Prepare, plant and maintain approximately 2000 trees, shrubs and grasses along the riparian zone. 

 

 

 

 

Erect fencing to restrict the cattle from directly accessing the creek. This was done in both sections with the first being permanent fencing and the second section being electric fencing which means as we move towards our aim of phasing cattle off the property in coming years we can remove the electric fencing and there will be minimal remaining barriers for wildlife.

 

The second objective was to treat all large woody weeds, particularly large camphor laurels and coral trees in the two sections.

 

The third objective was to prepare, plant and maintain approximately 2000 trees, shrubs and grass species along the riparian zone.

The species of plants were chosen for their abilities to achieve the desired outcomes of preventing erosion and controlling sediment so a number of Lomandra and Carex species were included in the mix for the soil and creek bank holding capacity.

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The results ...

Fencing worked a treat. A wetland area at "the point" has done particularly well just with exclusion of cattle. 

 

Some success with woody weeds. Camphors are gone, however coral trees remain a problem. We note that following the floods of February/March 2022, ipanema has now become a particular weed of concern.

 

Trees have done very well in one section and not so well in the section towards the point, where the riparian zone is wetter. Learnings have been made in terms of plant selection in these areas.  

Ongoing work required ...

  • Removal of coral trees

  • Weed control focus on ipanema

"Thank you" to our partners for this project ...
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