Monjebup restoration

Published 11 Oct 2012 
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Using Vegetation Slash from Boundary Fence Clearing<br/>We have another project funded through a LotteryWest grant obtained by Angie Smashnuk replacing a bit over 5 kms of boundary fence on Monjebup that unfortunately requires clearing the mallee that's grown unimpeded along the fenceline for 50 year Using Vegetation Slash from Boundary Fence Clearing
We have another project funded through a LotteryWest grant obtained by Angie Smashnuk replacing a bit over 5 kms of boundary fence on Monjebup that unfortunately requires clearing the mallee that's grown unimpeded along the fenceline for 50 year
Recreating Habitat for Spotted-Thigh Frogs<br/>We've also spent some funds on machine time to create some small wetlands to provide habitat for Spotted-Thigh and other frogs whose natural habitat has become restricted in the landscape. We have a comprehensive flora and fauna monitoring progr Recreating Habitat for Spotted-Thigh Frogs
We've also spent some funds on machine time to create some small wetlands to provide habitat for Spotted-Thigh and other frogs whose natural habitat has become restricted in the landscape. We have a comprehensive flora and fauna monitoring progr
Grading and Ripping<br/>Grading and ripping 'seams' through the restoration area on which we scatter chipped mulch of 'recalcitrant seeders' - species that don't drop seed each year and so can be difficult to collect seed from - and on which we also Grading and Ripping
Grading and ripping 'seams' through the restoration area on which we scatter chipped mulch of 'recalcitrant seeders' - species that don't drop seed each year and so can be difficult to collect seed from - and on which we also
Direct-seeding<br/>Direct-seeding with an old 5-row Great Plains seeder (here operating with only 4 because the far side one has hit a rock and blown to bits!) is the backbone of the project, using 7 different seed mixes across the 100 ha to match the soil types on whi Direct-seeding
Direct-seeding with an old 5-row Great Plains seeder (here operating with only 4 because the far side one has hit a rock and blown to bits!) is the backbone of the project, using 7 different seed mixes across the 100 ha to match the soil types on whi
Collecting seed-laden branches of 'recalcitrant-seeding' species on the southern portion of the property, Stirling Range National Park in the background.<br/> Collecting seed-laden branches of 'recalcitrant-seeding' species on the southern portion of the property, Stirling Range National Park in the background.
Planting Seedlings<br/>Supplementing the direct-seeding and the mulched 'seams' with hand-planting of about 10,000 nursery-grown seedlings across the site. Some of the species are planted ubiquitously throughout the site, reflecting their natural distribution in Planting Seedlings
Supplementing the direct-seeding and the mulched 'seams' with hand-planting of about 10,000 nursery-grown seedlings across the site. Some of the species are planted ubiquitously throughout the site, reflecting their natural distribution in
BHA WA Staff Meeting mid-Sept at Eurardy<br/>A few days mid-Sept to spend time with our WA colleagues and Dave Whitelaw and Matt Appleby buidling our collaborative approach to our collective enterprise here in the west: Luke, Dave and Eurardy site manager Ian Hamilton. BHA WA Staff Meeting mid-Sept at Eurardy
A few days mid-Sept to spend time with our WA colleagues and Dave Whitelaw and Matt Appleby buidling our collaborative approach to our collective enterprise here in the west: Luke, Dave and Eurardy site manager Ian Hamilton.
Burning piles of seed-bearing slash on the graded and ripped seams. Hot work!<br/> Burning piles of seed-bearing slash on the graded and ripped seams. Hot work!
... and Visiting the Pilot Feral Control Project on Chereninup<br/>Baseline monitoring using both spotlighting and cameras will provide information on effects on target species of integrated control of foxes, cats and rabbits in the 'mosaic' landscape of the FitzStirling - a sort of 'Return on Investm ... and Visiting the Pilot Feral Control Project on Chereninup
Baseline monitoring using both spotlighting and cameras will provide information on effects on target species of integrated control of foxes, cats and rabbits in the 'mosaic' landscape of the FitzStirling - a sort of 'Return on Investm
SCNRM Staff and Angela's monitoring volunteers visiting the project Tues 9 Oct ...<br/>"Come gather round, people." SCNRM Staff and Angela's monitoring volunteers visiting the project Tues 9 Oct ...
"Come gather round, people."

BHA's Gondwana Link staff have been kept busy over the past several months with Albany-based restoration practitioners Threshold Environmental implementing the first 100 ha of the 400 ha of restoration that is required to restore the northern portion of our Monjebup Reserve back into bush.  We've been lucky to have sourced most of the funds required through South Coast NRM, with just short of $600k allocated to us through two grants.  The SCNRM funds are boosted by a generous private donation from Diversicon Foundation that is allowing us to maintain '5-star' standards.

This is the first significant restoration in the FitzStirling section of Gondwana Link since Greening Australia's cutting-edge 250-ha project on their section of the Peniup property (we now call our section "Beringa") back in 2008.  The Monjebup work builds on the Peniup project and extends it by refining the restoration design methodology and incorporating several new 'layers' that include specific consideration of fauna habitat, based largely on advice from our G Link Ecologist Angela, and informed by the results of her monitoring of restoration projects to date.

We've had a great season so far with good late winter rains, and site preparation for a 150-200 ha project in 2013 is well under way, with several weed control ops already undertaken across the eastern half of the site.  Angela and I hosted an inspection of the project on Tuesday this week with several of the SCNRM staff who are administering our grants, and they love what we're doing.

Using Vegetation Slash from Boundary Fence Clearing<br/>We have another project funded through a LotteryWest grant obtained by Angie Smashnuk replacing a bit over 5 kms of boundary fence on Monjebup that unfortunately requires clearing the mallee that's grown unimpeded along the fenceline for 50 year Using Vegetation Slash from Boundary Fence Clearing
We have another project funded through a LotteryWest grant obtained by Angie Smashnuk replacing a bit over 5 kms of boundary fence on Monjebup that unfortunately requires clearing the mallee that's grown unimpeded along the fenceline for 50 year
Recreating Habitat for Spotted-Thigh Frogs<br/>We've also spent some funds on machine time to create some small wetlands to provide habitat for Spotted-Thigh and other frogs whose natural habitat has become restricted in the landscape. We have a comprehensive flora and fauna monitoring progr Recreating Habitat for Spotted-Thigh Frogs
We've also spent some funds on machine time to create some small wetlands to provide habitat for Spotted-Thigh and other frogs whose natural habitat has become restricted in the landscape. We have a comprehensive flora and fauna monitoring progr
Grading and Ripping<br/>Grading and ripping 'seams' through the restoration area on which we scatter chipped mulch of 'recalcitrant seeders' - species that don't drop seed each year and so can be difficult to collect seed from - and on which we also Grading and Ripping
Grading and ripping 'seams' through the restoration area on which we scatter chipped mulch of 'recalcitrant seeders' - species that don't drop seed each year and so can be difficult to collect seed from - and on which we also
Direct-seeding<br/>Direct-seeding with an old 5-row Great Plains seeder (here operating with only 4 because the far side one has hit a rock and blown to bits!) is the backbone of the project, using 7 different seed mixes across the 100 ha to match the soil types on whi Direct-seeding
Direct-seeding with an old 5-row Great Plains seeder (here operating with only 4 because the far side one has hit a rock and blown to bits!) is the backbone of the project, using 7 different seed mixes across the 100 ha to match the soil types on whi
Collecting seed-laden branches of 'recalcitrant-seeding' species on the southern portion of the property, Stirling Range National Park in the background.<br/> Collecting seed-laden branches of 'recalcitrant-seeding' species on the southern portion of the property, Stirling Range National Park in the background.
Planting Seedlings<br/>Supplementing the direct-seeding and the mulched 'seams' with hand-planting of about 10,000 nursery-grown seedlings across the site. Some of the species are planted ubiquitously throughout the site, reflecting their natural distribution in Planting Seedlings
Supplementing the direct-seeding and the mulched 'seams' with hand-planting of about 10,000 nursery-grown seedlings across the site. Some of the species are planted ubiquitously throughout the site, reflecting their natural distribution in
BHA WA Staff Meeting mid-Sept at Eurardy<br/>A few days mid-Sept to spend time with our WA colleagues and Dave Whitelaw and Matt Appleby buidling our collaborative approach to our collective enterprise here in the west: Luke, Dave and Eurardy site manager Ian Hamilton. BHA WA Staff Meeting mid-Sept at Eurardy
A few days mid-Sept to spend time with our WA colleagues and Dave Whitelaw and Matt Appleby buidling our collaborative approach to our collective enterprise here in the west: Luke, Dave and Eurardy site manager Ian Hamilton.
Burning piles of seed-bearing slash on the graded and ripped seams. Hot work!<br/> Burning piles of seed-bearing slash on the graded and ripped seams. Hot work!
... and Visiting the Pilot Feral Control Project on Chereninup<br/>Baseline monitoring using both spotlighting and cameras will provide information on effects on target species of integrated control of foxes, cats and rabbits in the 'mosaic' landscape of the FitzStirling - a sort of 'Return on Investm ... and Visiting the Pilot Feral Control Project on Chereninup
Baseline monitoring using both spotlighting and cameras will provide information on effects on target species of integrated control of foxes, cats and rabbits in the 'mosaic' landscape of the FitzStirling - a sort of 'Return on Investm
SCNRM Staff and Angela's monitoring volunteers visiting the project Tues 9 Oct ...<br/>"Come gather round, people." SCNRM Staff and Angela's monitoring volunteers visiting the project Tues 9 Oct ...
"Come gather round, people."