15163: Conserving and building rangeland biodiversity through targeted landscape interventions
This project seeks to enhance natural resources and ecosystem services by promoting methods of sustainable pastoral land management aimed at building rangeland biodiversity through reducing; runoff, erosion and sedimentation; and improving perennial vegetation, ground cover and water quality.
On-ground works will implement landscape management
components of station Ecologically Sustainable Rangeland Management
plans. Ponding banks will be constructed in multiple
locations across the stations, towards the head waters of
sub-catchments, on degraded plains and to address specific erosion
problems. They will give both local and catchment wide effects by
spreading water and slowing velocity, thus reducing erosion and
holding nutrient in the landscape.
Sediment structures will also slow and spread water. In addition to slowing water, they are designed to capture suspended sediment and debris that would otherwise cause downstream sedimentation. This will lead to reduced erosion and cleaner water supplied to the catchment. Both ponding banks and sieve structures will improve bio-diversity by enhancing vegetative communities through improving growing and natural recruitment conditions. To assist with the establishment of new vegetation, several erosion sites will be revegetated by direct seeding using local native species.
|Investment:||$ 17 000|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 49 300|
|Delivery organisation:||Upper Gascoyne Land Conservation District Committee|
|Project duration:||February 2016 - December 2016|
|Location:||Shire of Upper Gascoyne|
Major project achievements
- Construction of ponding banks and sediment filter structures
- Seeding with local provenance seed
- Protection of creek riparian zones
- Workshop group learning