Big autumn planting begins to build river corridor

Published 05 Apr 2016 
about  Scottsdale Reserve  
The Bumbalong Valley  historical clearing and landuse has degraded riverside habitat<br/> The Bumbalong Valley historical clearing and landuse has degraded riverside habitat
Blackberry and willow control has been the first step in rehabilitation works<br/> Blackberry and willow control has been the first step in rehabilitation works
Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers the high qualilty fish habitat of Black Rock Gorge at Scottsdale will be greatly extended by building a linkage corridor to high quality habitat downstream<br/> Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers the high qualilty fish habitat of Black Rock Gorge at Scottsdale will be greatly extended by building a linkage corridor to high quality habitat downstream
Bush Heritage volunteer team - day 1 <br/> Bush Heritage volunteer team - day 1
Bush Heritage Australia volunteers planting at the old Quarry site<br/> Bush Heritage Australia volunteers planting at the old Quarry site
Bush Heritage volunteer team - day 2<br/> Bush Heritage volunteer team - day 2
Green Army team auguring a hole for planting longstem tubestock<br/> Green Army team auguring a hole for planting longstem tubestock
Green Army team (some of...) <br/> Green Army team (some of...)
Green Army team planting longstems to protect the top of the river bank<br/> Green Army team planting longstems to protect the top of the river bank
Green Army team planting site- done!<br/> Green Army team planting site- done!
The old Quarry site done! Two days work shows impressive results<br/> The old Quarry site done! Two days work shows impressive results

Efforts to restore the Upper Murrumbidgee River corridor at Bumbalong have been underway for the last year. The objective is to connect the high quality habitat of the Bredbo (Black Rock) Gorge and Colinton Gorges where a number of threatened native fish species are found.

Bush Heritage Australia’s Scottsdale Reserve is situated at the upstream end of the project area, including both the bottom end of Black Rock Gorge and the top end of the Bumbalong Valley. So it's a key foundation from which to rebuild habitat connectivity along the river.

After a large focus on blackberry and willow control (lots of it!) the project is now getting to the most rewarding part – the revegetation! This is kicking off with a big autumn planting of 5,000 plants, including at Scottsdale Reserve.

Restoring such a large area is a huge task, but luckily we have been getting some great help, including the Campbell Page Green Army team and Bush Heritage Australia volunteers which have kicked off plantings with 850 plants being planted during March.

More plantings will follow in April and May involving local landholders, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Greening Australia and Canberra Institute of Technology student volunteers.

Blackberry and willow control has been the first step in rehabilitation works<br/> Blackberry and willow control has been the first step in rehabilitation works
Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers the high qualilty fish habitat of Black Rock Gorge at Scottsdale will be greatly extended by building a linkage corridor to high quality habitat downstream<br/> Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers the high qualilty fish habitat of Black Rock Gorge at Scottsdale will be greatly extended by building a linkage corridor to high quality habitat downstream
Bush Heritage volunteer team - day 1 <br/> Bush Heritage volunteer team - day 1
Bush Heritage Australia volunteers planting at the old Quarry site<br/> Bush Heritage Australia volunteers planting at the old Quarry site
Bush Heritage volunteer team - day 2<br/> Bush Heritage volunteer team - day 2
Green Army team auguring a hole for planting longstem tubestock<br/> Green Army team auguring a hole for planting longstem tubestock
Green Army team (some of...) <br/> Green Army team (some of...)
Green Army team planting longstems to protect the top of the river bank<br/> Green Army team planting longstems to protect the top of the river bank
Green Army team planting site- done!<br/> Green Army team planting site- done!
The old Quarry site done! Two days work shows impressive results<br/> The old Quarry site done! Two days work shows impressive results