When it all began……. we thought it would be a one of experience….little did we know we would simply keep on giving back more and more.
We care about the environment and our carbon footprint. On our farm we have planted over 50,000 species of plants endemic to our local area. At the stage we have seven areas that we have been given back to nature. They are funded through generous grants from the South West Catchments Council, State Governments Environmental Community Grant, 25th Anniversary Landcare, Southern Dirt and the Warren Catchment Council.
We are creating natural havens with many long wide corridors and pieces of remnant vegetation generally all linking through to either the Tone River or Cockatoo Creek – in some cases both. These are important for native wildlife and the local flora is also loving it. The banks of the creek and river have stabilised and the new growth is wonderful.
These revegetation projects are undertaken at Bellalee Farm, Tone Rd, Orchid Valley, 40 kilometres from Kojonup as you head out of town on the Blackwood River Road.
The Property’s location at the start of the Tone River means that the fencing/revegetation programmes assist not only the immediate environment, but also the health of the river and wetland systems further downstream.
The creek & river system is lined with three main tree types – Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca rhaphiophylla), Flooded Gum (Eucalyptus rudis) and Flat-topped Yate (Eucalyptus occidentalis). In patches the Paperbarks are still dense enough to protect the underlying reeds & rushes (especially Lepidosperma species).
The complete fencing of the river and creeks excludes livestock to allow for rapid natural regeneration from the surviving seed-bank of the above-mentioned plants (all which are known for their rapid and successful recolonization).
Other tree, shrub and ground-storey species will be reintroduced via the revegetation components of our various Projects.
The overall result will greatly improve biodiversity; and help reverse some of the adverse affects of the rising water-table & associated salinity. It will greatly improve this River and creeks effectiveness as a wildlife corridors linking some of the larger bush remnants.
The story continues…..