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    11052: Mottram Street Reserve: returning a significant stream & town forest reserve to their natural state (stage 2)

    Student volunteers provided more than 570 hours of time and planted over 2200 seedlings along the stream. Though laborious to install, tree sleeves provided excellent protection with a high seedling survival rate ten months later. Courtesy Warren Catchments Council.
    Student volunteers provided more than 570 hours of time and planted over 2200 seedlings along the stream. Though laborious to install, tree sleeves provided excellent protection with a high seedling survival rate ten months later. Courtesy Warren Catchments Council.

    Mottram Street Reserve is a 16ha area of bushland near the centre of Manjimup. It's degraded, particularly by high levels of weed infestation, but still valued by the community. Manjin Creek flows through the reserve into the Wilgarup River, a tributary of the Warren River.

    This project extended earlier work to rehabilitate the Manjin Creek, addressing stream degradation, weed control in the surrounding six hectares and revegetation using naturally occurring species.

    Key achievements of the project include:

    • establishment of improved flow to 140m of stream
    • treatment of 1.65ha of weeds
    • planting of 2400 seedlings along the stream
    • participation of 171 volunteers in on-ground works

    Interpretive signage has been fabricated to inform the public of the purpose of the rehabilitation project.

    The project also included a trialled the use of infra-red motion-sensor cameras to monitor the presence of native fauna and feral animals.

    Investment: $ 39 600
    In-kind contribution: $ 34 055
    Delivery organisation: Warren Catchments Council
    Project duration: February 2012 - June 2013
    Location: Mottram Street Reserve, within the town of Manjimup

    Project partners

    Shire of Manjimup; Department of Environment and Conservation; Department of Water; Manjimup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade; Yanmah Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade; East Manjimup Primary School; Manjimup Senior High School; South West Institute of Technology; Blackwood Environment Society

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