Planning the work & working the plans

Published 19 Sep 2017 
about  Monjebup Reserves  
<br/>An auspicious day for Red Moort Reserve.  First formal engagement of traditional owners with our newest Fitz-Stirling reserve, with Noongar elders and ranger training crew working with archaeologist on cultural heritage survey.
An auspicious day for Red Moort Reserve. First formal engagement of traditional owners with our newest Fitz-Stirling reserve, with Noongar elders and ranger training crew working with archaeologist on cultural heritage survey.
<br/>Clearing the way.  Archaeologist and Noongar representatives checking alignment of the proposed access in to the Field Station site for cultural sites or artifacts.
Clearing the way. Archaeologist and Noongar representatives checking alignment of the proposed access in to the Field Station site for cultural sites or artifacts.
<br/>Funding from South Coast NRM has allowed us this year to restore about 17 hectares of formerly cleared country in the remote southwest corner of Monjebup Reserve.
Funding from South Coast NRM has allowed us this year to restore about 17 hectares of formerly cleared country in the remote southwest corner of Monjebup Reserve.
<br/>Tough soils.....
Tough soils.....
<br/>.....but the local flora have been evolving uninterrupted by disturbance for over 200 million years here and are perfectly adapted to the challenges of highly infertile soils and harsh climate.  Hakea germinant at bottom, tiny Melaleuca in the middle, and you might just be able to see the Allocasuarina/she-oak seedling above it.
.....but the local flora have been evolving uninterrupted by disturbance for over 200 million years here and are perfectly adapted to the challenges of highly infertile soils and harsh climate. Hakea germinant at bottom, tiny Melaleuca in the middle, and you might just be able to see the Allocasuarina/she-oak seedling above it.
<br/>Master Jack.  So lucky to work with local restoration practitioner Jack Mercer of Marlak Environmental.  There's no substitute for long experience as the basis for knowledge, and an intuitive feel for seasons, soils and all the other variables that can make the difference between success and failure on a project.
Master Jack. So lucky to work with local restoration practitioner Jack Mercer of Marlak Environmental. There's no substitute for long experience as the basis for knowledge, and an intuitive feel for seasons, soils and all the other variables that can make the difference between success and failure on a project.
<br/>Healing a battered landscape.  So satisfying working with donors, funders and supporters to heal country in one of the most floristically diverse landscapes on Earth.
Healing a battered landscape. So satisfying working with donors, funders and supporters to heal country in one of the most floristically diverse landscapes on Earth.
Love it when plans come together! Couple of great days out Thursday and Friday last week. Thursday with our restoration practitioner Jack Mercer on a warm spring day checking germination at this year's restoration sites. Looking good! And Friday with archaeologist, Noongar elders and a Noongar ranger training crew checking our new Red Moort Field Station site and the access alignment in to it to ensure our development won't be impacting any cultural sites or values. The way is clear, and we have traditional owners positively engaged with our newest Fitz-Stirling reserve.
<br/>Clearing the way.  Archaeologist and Noongar representatives checking alignment of the proposed access in to the Field Station site for cultural sites or artifacts.
Clearing the way. Archaeologist and Noongar representatives checking alignment of the proposed access in to the Field Station site for cultural sites or artifacts.
<br/>Funding from South Coast NRM has allowed us this year to restore about 17 hectares of formerly cleared country in the remote southwest corner of Monjebup Reserve.
Funding from South Coast NRM has allowed us this year to restore about 17 hectares of formerly cleared country in the remote southwest corner of Monjebup Reserve.
<br/>Tough soils.....
Tough soils.....
<br/>.....but the local flora have been evolving uninterrupted by disturbance for over 200 million years here and are perfectly adapted to the challenges of highly infertile soils and harsh climate.  Hakea germinant at bottom, tiny Melaleuca in the middle, and you might just be able to see the Allocasuarina/she-oak seedling above it.
.....but the local flora have been evolving uninterrupted by disturbance for over 200 million years here and are perfectly adapted to the challenges of highly infertile soils and harsh climate. Hakea germinant at bottom, tiny Melaleuca in the middle, and you might just be able to see the Allocasuarina/she-oak seedling above it.
<br/>Master Jack.  So lucky to work with local restoration practitioner Jack Mercer of Marlak Environmental.  There's no substitute for long experience as the basis for knowledge, and an intuitive feel for seasons, soils and all the other variables that can make the difference between success and failure on a project.
Master Jack. So lucky to work with local restoration practitioner Jack Mercer of Marlak Environmental. There's no substitute for long experience as the basis for knowledge, and an intuitive feel for seasons, soils and all the other variables that can make the difference between success and failure on a project.
<br/>Healing a battered landscape.  So satisfying working with donors, funders and supporters to heal country in one of the most floristically diverse landscapes on Earth.
Healing a battered landscape. So satisfying working with donors, funders and supporters to heal country in one of the most floristically diverse landscapes on Earth.