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Recent rangeland rehabilitation works pass first test with flying colours

Landholders that participated in a Western Local Land Services property planning program have reported positive outcomes following the first significant rainfall since the works were carried out.

Earlier this year, Luke and Sarah Mashford of “Katalpa Station” which is 85 kilometres west of White Cliffs, were one of six properties to take part in a property planning program which focused on landscape rehydration and restoration.

The program undertook the Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU) approach, which provides a visual framework to understand landscape processes and how to strategically address these issues.

Several months on and following the first significant rainfall of 24 millimetres, the Mashfords and Western Local Land Services were pleased to see virtually all the water spread and captured by waterholes which will eventually result in the growth of green grass.

“Knowing the impact that amount of rain would have previously had on erosion makes it very satisfying to see it all caught up in the gilgais,” Mr Mashford said.

“This water will now rehydrate the landscape which will greatly assist with agricultural productivity and landscape health.

“It is very pleasing to see the positive impact the recent works are already having on our property.”

In addition to the positive outcomes that will come from the most recent rain, Office of Environment and Heritage have recently identified the thick billed grass wren, which is a critically endangered species in NSW, in the White Cliffs area on rehabilitated areas.

Western Local Land Services will look to promote more work in this area in the hope of establishing whether there is a direct relationship between rehabilitation works and the wrens.

Landholders interested in rehabilitation works on their property should contact Western Local Land Services Rangeland Rehabilitation Officer, Paul Theakston on (02) 6836 1575.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.