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    10011: Regeneration and revegetation of the Canning River foreshore

    More than 70 community members planted over 6000 native seedlings on the Kent Street foreshore on National Tree Day, 31 July 2011. Courtesy Matt Grimbly, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare
    More than 70 community members planted over 6000 native seedlings on the Kent Street foreshore on National Tree Day, 31 July 2011. Courtesy Matt Grimbly, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will contribute significantly to the rehabilitation of natural ecosystems at four project sites along the Canning River. Works will focus on the control of weed species allowing for the regeneration and replanting of native vegetation.

    The four project sites are:

    • Canning River foreshore at Kent Street, Wilson
    • Yule Brook foreshore and wetlands at the Canning River confluence, Beckenham
    • Canning River foreshore at the confluence of Corriedale Springs, Thornlie
    • Canning River foreshore at Goolumrup Reserve, Kelmscott.

    These sites have been selected as they have ongoing community involvement and other partners contributing to the overall project.

    The project will see control of environmental weeds carried out across the sites that will allow for natural regeneration of native vegetation in areas of good condition while more degraded areas will be planted with local native species to rebuild the natural ecosystem. Volunteers will help undertake seed and cutting collection to propagate local plant species.

    Investment: $ 50 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 61 800
    Other contribution: $ 60 600
    Delivery organisation: South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare
    Project duration: July 2011 - September 2012
    Location: Canning River foreshore (various locations)

    Major project achievements

    • Woody weeds including Blackberry and Brazilian Pepper have been controlled across all sites.

    • Spraying and hand weeding of weed species was completed across all sites, reducing and removing species from key areas.

    • Community involvement, both with hand weeding but also hand planting of 27, 900 seedlings.

    • Overall vegetation conditions were improved at all sites.

    Lessons Learnt

    • Weather prohibited weeding success as germination continued due to a wet spring.
    • Symphiotrichum subulatum (starwort) can be successfully eradicated when a Metsulforon methyl spray is used when the plant is still immature.

    Project partners

    Two Rivers Catchment Group; City of Canning; WA Planning Commission; Friends of Goolumrup Reserve; Conservation Volunteers.

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