Thursday, 25 May 2017 11:05

More than Just Erosion Control

Upper Lachlan Landcare has been fortunate to have yet another expert in our midst! Cam Wilson from Earth Integral, has recently hosted 2 workshops. Cam’s workshops explain how water moves through the landscape, the erosion process and demonstrates how to stabilise small active erosion cuts.

Cam introduces participants to a set of guiding principles that help prioritise activities to stabilise erosion sites and start rehydrating the landscape.

Firstly, protecting and expanding moisture storing areas of the landscape. Fencing is ideal but not always practical.

Secondly, stabilise active erosion areas and prevent further degradation. For smaller erosion sites Cam has a series of techniques, depending on individual sites, that can temporally halt an active erosion cut long enough to allow stabilising vegetation to establish. Some of these techniques have been well demonstrated at our recent workshops in Breadalbane and Peelwood.

Plan. Plan how will the site be managed into the future. Restore dispersive flow and increase infiltration at every opportunity. This includes maintaining a good level of ground cover and a variety of ground cover. Tussocks, grasses, organic matter and other material increase roughness which slows and disperses the flow of water as it moves across the paddock.

As a result, less water runs away into dams, creeks and channels. More soaks deep into the soil profile supporting further vegetation growth and soil microbial activity. So much that the impression can seem one paddock is receiving more rainfall than another.

This outcome is what Cam refers to as rehydrating the landscape. Bringing more moisture and water holding capacity across your entire property. Cam’s final workshop planned for Upper Lachlan this year will be near Binda on Friday 26th May from 9am to 12. Cam will discuss this rehydration process. We will also have the opportunity to look over some stabilising work Cam conducted here last year and see the progress 12 months on. Contact us for more details.

Upper Lachlan Landcare supports a community-based approach to managing and protecting our natural resources – creating more productive and sustainable farms, conserving our environment and building more cohesive and resilient communities.

For more information contact; Ruth Aveyard 0447 242 474 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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