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Restoration, planting and carbon

New bushland looking great
They are proud of their new bushland out in Ranges Link - and so they should be. Looking great! Woogenellup local species mix direct seeded, matched to soil type.
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Rain triggers tree planting
Enough rain to start getting those seedlings into the ground, and hopefully more rain coming this week to water them in. Today Errol Eades and Jason Bolton are working north of Cranbrook on the first planting in Greening Australia's current 1000 ha program across Gondwana Link (funded through the Australian Government's 20 Million Trees program).
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Money does grow on trees!
Money does grow on trees! Greening Australia is restoring nature, fighting climate change and covering some of their costs, all on the one property in Gondwana Link.
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Another 1300 hectares
Another 1300 hectares of restoration starting soon! Congratulations to our friends in Greening Australia who have just secured significant funding from the 20Million Trees program for an impressive 1300 hectares of plantings in Gondwana Link's Central Zone, to be completed in the next two years.
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It's amazing what a few years can do!
They are starting to get lost in all the rapid restoration underway between the Stirling Range and Porongurup National Parks. Hope they find their way home for Xmas.
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Happy third birthday for this (new) bush
We were fortunate to be on Bill and Jane Thompson's Yarraweyah property (in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link) three years to the day from when the work of restoring their latest 100ha planting started. Yep, that bush behind us is only three years old, and so far has over 270 species in it, all local provenance. Congratulations to Bill and Jane (centre of photo) seen here with Alison
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'South-west WA loses its Mediterranean climate'
In effect, that means less rain in the growing season over May-October, less winter waterlogging of land and more summer rains'. My goodness - the farming community are now measuring this massive change, and they are not the only ones affected. Looks like we'd better hurry up and finish this here Gondwana Link - the bush needs it.science.net.au article 
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National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia
In time for your Xmas reading! SERA (Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia) has just released their Draft ‘NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE PRACTICE OF ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION IN AUSTRALIA’, which are open for comment until February 15 2015. For the last 3 years, the Society and 12 partner organizations (including Gondwana Link) have been collaborating on the development of these Standards. We’re excited to now see them ‘out there’, - a national
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Good news for Christmas.
Good news for Xmas – we are making a difference, there is cause for hope and joy. Here’s the ever smiling personification of good news, good will, good work and Gondwana Link, Amanda Keesing, showing off some of her photography. This year we have had, once again, the pleasure and honour of proudly showcasing the outstanding work done by so many groups, businesses and individuals to achieve Gondwana Link at
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Kiwi in Gondwana Link?
No, but over the last couple of years we have helped our colleagues across the Tasman establish their ‘Reconnecting Northland’ program, with four visits as a guest of the Tindall Foundation, and more than a few phone and skype conversations. Trevor Gray, Special Projects Manager with Tindall has reported in: “. . . the photos bear witness to the inspiring day we all had last week visiting Reconnecting Northland with
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Infill plantings at Yarrabee
Yarrabee has probably been the most difficult site yet for restoration plantings in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. Water repellent sandy soil, some perennial grass weeds and wind tunnelling from the Stirling Ranges being part of the problem. Greening Australia has now completed this year?s planting of infill seedlings, with a great team pulled together by Eugene Eades, second from right here with fellow planters Chayse Eades, Marlon Hart
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Another 800 hectares to be planted
Congratulations to our colleagues in Greening Australia, and especially to Barry Heydenrych. Greening have been successful tenderers for the Australian Government?s 20Million Trees program, and through this will be supporting planting programs in key locations across Australia over the next three years. As the tender was coming together Barry burnt the midnight oil to get the site and planting details together for Gondwana Link?s Central Zone, and as a result
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Innovation to improve restoration
Restoration work is well underway on Bush Heritage's Monjebup North property. When completed, and grown up, over 400 hectares will be returned to the bush, making a critically important link between all Bush Heritage's Monjebup Reserves and the Corackerup Nature Reserve. A big step forward for connectivity in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. The restoration work builds on previous experience on Peniup and other properties, and the
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Healthy Land-Healthy People
Earlier this year Gondwana Link was approached by the Environmental Officer of the Western Australian Medical Students' Society (WAMSS) about 6th year medical students undertaking plantings to support Gondwana Link. WAMSS purchased trees and seeds and then a group of students undertook the planting and direct seeding for the Ranges Link team just north of the Porongurups, along the Galgajup creekline (in full hospital kit!). WAMSS has arranged to have
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Restoration Standards Review
A set of agreed Restoration Standards has been developed to guide work in Gondwana Link, with the initial pilot being the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. Today we subjected the Standards to a pretty rigorous Peer Review, with the generously provided input of Richard Hobbs (UWA), Ric How (WA Museum), Jan Henry (Ninox Consulting), and Sarah Comer (DEC).
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An overview of Chereninup plantings
The 2003 plantings on Bush Heritage's Chereninup Creek Reserve in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area continue to grow and thicken, but as this photo shows, there's still a long way to go before they'll have the same density and ground cover as the adjoining bush. In the background are the existing protected habitats of Chereninup Creek Reserve, and then the 900 ha of covenanted bushland owned and managed by Brian and
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Secured in the nick of time!
Natural regeneration is progressing well on Bush Heritage's Beringa Reserve in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. The land in the foreground is former paddock, tragically cleared and cropped after 1998. Purchase of the property in 2006 was timely, with sufficient seed bank left in the ground for the bush to steadily return under its own steam, helped by some careful management to remove a few weeds left from its brief period
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Yarrabee restoration progress report
Despite two difficult planting seasons, results from the restoration work on Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve is starting to show up from the air. Some 550 hectares of this important property in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area were tackled with biodiverse plantings, and despite windstorms, dry seasons and locust plagues, the work is a valuable contribution to the program. An additional 50ha plantation of sandalwood was added to the southern portion of
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The sweet smell of success, and wattle blossom
Eddy and Donna Wajon at their Chingarrup Sanctuary in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link, together with Barry Heydenrych, who coordinated the restoration work on the property as part of the Greening Australia-Shell Reconnections project. And all that bush in the background? That?s what Barry and Jack Mercer planted there only three and half years earlier.
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‘Mallet’ plantation on Nowanup
The small ?mallet? plantation on Nowanup is growing well. Mallets are a key conservation target, and their straight stems may have commercial potential as poles. Can we grow them to provide habitat and some financial return? We will let you know in a couple of decades.
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Carbon sequestration planting at Peniup
Justin Jonson and Sam Crowder checking seed at the carbon sequestration planting on Greening Australia's Peniup property in the Link's Fitz-Stirling area. This planting got a good burst of prior planning, designed to demonstrate how 'revegetation' can be done as science-based 'ecological restoration'. Planting was also the first carbon funded effort, by arrangement between Greening Australia and Mirabella Lightbulbs. At 250ha it's ambitious, and it's always a
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Peniup restoration well underway
Massive effort underway to achieve high standard restoration. Restoration work is well underway on the 2400 hectare Peniup property, purchased jointly by Greening Australia and Bush Heritage Australia. Greening Australia have secured carbon funding from Mirabella Lightbulbs for the first 250hectares, and a very detailed restoration plan has been prepared by Justin Jonson. Justin and Danny ten Seldam have busily transforming a bleak and somewhat degraded farm landscape. Fortunately
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Expert opinions feed into Knowledge Connections program
A healthy mix of top scientists and practitioners met and toured Gondwana Link together over the past few days as part of the ongoing Knowledge Connection project. The work underway to restore the Peniup property provided a good focus for discussions on how to measure change at the site and landscape levels. It?s a tricky business, as different scales give different results, so while progress was made, it
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Stabilising erosion and salinity in the Fitz-Stirling’s upper catchment
The firm Sustainable Forestry Management Australasia Ltd has purchased 9700 hectares of farmland in the upper catchment, destocked the properties, and is busy planting tree belts, with an eye on the carbon market. Here, SFMA's Michael Parsons, Lia Shavian and Jeff Douglas show Keith Bradby the mounds prepared for tree belt plantings on their Clearview property.
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The bush is returning to Chingarrup Sanctuary.
On a recent trip in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, we were delighted to see how well the 2005 plantings are growing. Congratulations to Barry Heydenrych, the Reconnections Program (Greening Australia and Shell), contractor Jack Mercer and, of course, the proud owners, Eddy and Donna Wajon. .
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More acres going back to bush
Replanting of Greening Australia's Nowanup property has taken a big step forward with nearly 100 hectares planted using the latest version of the Green Plough. And who should happen by while the work was in full swing, but Ron Geatz and colleagues from The Nature Conservancy. Could they resist the lure of a big machine at work? Danny ten Seldan was good enough to stop the machine while
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Planting a crop that will last forever
The immensity of the restoration work underway is evident here, as Justin Jonson from Greening Australia checks germination of the 250 ha direct seeding recently completed on part of the Peniup property, in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. With the best science and best machinery he can muster, we suspect those fingers are still crossed until he sees what the season brings.
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Another major property purchase!
A magnificent and strategically placed 2400 ha has just been jointly secured by Bush Heritage Australia and Greening Australia WA, with legalities finalised this week. And just in the nick of time as well. This 2400ha property has 910 hectares of high conservation native bushland along with 340 hectares of cleared land that will now be left to regenerate naturally, and we think it will, though another
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Before and after photos at Chingarrup
Before and after photos are starting to tell a good story. The photo points on Chingarrup Sanctuary show the establishment of 40ha of vegetation through direct seeding. The first photo was taken 26 October 2005, when the planting in April that year was just germinating. The second photo shows, from 7 August 2007, shows great establishment and growth. The planting was funded and arranged by Greening Australia as part of
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Monjebup Reserve - a new conservation area for the Link
Another major conservation area joins the Link. After more than three years of negotiation, survey and subdivision, Bush Heritage has achieved final property settlement on its brand new Monjebup Reserve. Congratulations to all involved, on both securing this wonderful property and for displaying impressive tenacity. The property contains some of the most intact land in the region, so its purchase significantly improves nature conservation prospects amongst the cluster of
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Cutting trees up so we can plant some more
Work is moving ahead to produce hard numbers for the tonnage of carbon sequestered by native bush across Gondwana Link. Justin Jonson is developing allometric equations for a number of key eucalypt species, which involves weighing the entire root, stem, branch and foliage biomass of a number of key eucalypts. This Eucalyptus occidentalis (yate) trunk gives some idea of the scale and labour intensity of this work (the tree was
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Custom build native seeding machine gets sowing
Restoration techniques are constantly evolving and improving in their efficiency and biodiversity outcome. Part of this involves adapting or redesigning machinery to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of native seed placement, as well as being able to apply different seed mixes in one pass of a machine. Today there was a formal launch at ?The Lily, north of the Stirling Range, of a new machine designed by Geoff Woodall from the
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North Albany High School students get involved
Students from North Albany Senior High School help with a trial of brush mulching on difficult clay soils as part of their visit to Greening Australia’s Nowanup property. Greening's Chris Robinson shows the students how to position the branches cut from local moort trees. Also during this visit, Noongar Elders shared their cultural heritage with the younger generation. The visit was organised through the NRM 'Restoring Connections' program.
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Stop fooling, this is serious!
The sodic clays soils at Greening Australia’s Nowanup property present particular challenges for restoration. Here a team from Shell are trialling brush mulching on Nowanup under the guidance of Greening Australia’s Chris Robinson and Barry Heydenrych. Branches with seed bearing nuts are laid into furrows. As the sun and wind dry the nuts, the seeds mature, fall to the ground and grow in the protection and micro-climate provided by the
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Adding new species to the mix
Trials of innovative techniques are a must to advance restoration success. Here a group of local supporters on tour to the Fitz-Stirling area are intrigued by the difficulties involved in getting seed from different Proteaceous and Myrtaceous species. For part of this year's planting on Yarrabee, in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, contractor Jack Mercer chopped seed bearing stems through a garden mulcher and then spread the material with an
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Shell Reconnection program connects
A great few days with Greening staff and Shell senior staff planting in the Links Fitz-Stirling area. This is the second year of plantings in the huge task of restoring cleared land on the Nowanup property, with busloads of senior staff from Shell Development Australia arriving to help out with this important work, as part of their ‘Reconnections’ project with Greening Australia (and this time it wasn’t wet, cold and
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Corackerup moort population grows
On Nowanup, around 50 hectares has been direct seeded so far this planting season, as part of the Shell-Greening Australia Reconnections project. The seed mix was predominantly moort (Eucalyptus platypus subsp. platypus) and Corackerup moort (E. vesiculosa). The use of the rare Corackerup moort in revegetation is a first. This beautiful small tree with pendulous brick-red flowers was only noticed in the mid-1990s and described in 2002. It is extremely
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Restoration underway at Chingarrup Sanctuary
Restoration work is well underway on Eddy and Donna Wajon?s Chingarrup Sanctuary in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. With funding from Shell Development Australia, through its Reconnections partnership with Greening Australia, contractor Jack Mercer is shown here direct seeding a further 38 ha on Chingarrup, The first 8 ha of this restoration work was undertaken in the winter of 2004, and the goal is to replant virtually all of the degraded
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How to meet the challenge of large scale plantings?
Greening Australia is working to develop new planting techniques on the property we call "Cowboy Country'. Nathan McQuoid and Nigel Metz are adapting a standard 20 disc Chamberlain plough, the type of machine that ploughed in millions of hectares of chained and burnt bushland during the 1960s and 1970s. Re-named 'The Green Plough', it’s being trialled in the direct seeding of heavy clay soils. We hope it will re-seed bush
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Green Corps team take down fences
A Green Corps team led by Terry Davey spent a week at Cowboy Country and made some significant improvements to the property, including removing 9km of internal fencing, brush mulching mixed eucalypts into a two hectare trial area, plus plastering and painting two rooms inside the shed. Nigel Metz and Nathan McQuoid guided the team?s activities.
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Healing the land at Chereninup
A large biodiversity revegetation project has been completed on the new Bush Heritage Chereninup Creek Reserve in central Gondwana Link. Bush Heritage supporters and Green Corps volunteers planted the last of the 50 000 seedlings into ground already seeded with indigenous species. This was the culmination of a huge amount of work by Jack Mercer of Greening Australia WA, with help from Gondwana Link's Amanda Keesing, her husband Craig and
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The first big planting is underway
Greening Australia’s Jack Mercer, shown here at Bush Heritage's Chereninup Creek Reserve, gets off the tractor to refill the seed funnel on his direct seeding machine. Jack oversaw the collection of about 42 kg of seed (approx. 42 million seeds!) from about 50 species in the adjacent bushland. Three different species mixes were prepared for low, middle, and higher elevation areas on the 60 ha of cleared land. Most of
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Preparation for a major restoration effort
The Australian Bush Heritage Fund is moving rapidly to secure a strategically critical 877 ha property on Chereninup Creek, about halfway between Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River national parks. Over 800ha of the property is valuable bush, ranging from York gum woodland to sandheath, with a great patch of very long unburnt Dryandra sessilis (Parrot bush). While legal settlement of the purchase is still some months away, plans are
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