Mr. Mervyn Bennett was the inaugural Chair of the Cridland Catchment and in 1994 the Catchment received $7000 to fund the project: “Using hydrogeological mapping for catchment planning”. On behalf of the Catchment, 11,500 trees were also secured from a Greening Australia (WA) grant in 1995 and these were planted across eight sites within the Cridland Catchment.
From these beginnings, we now have a large portion of Catchment areas revegetated along creeklines, recharge areas and across the valley floor. These revegetated areas are mostly associated with controlling the water flow towards the townsite or intercepting it on its pathway to the Lake.
The day commenced with a revision of the 1996 Cridland Catchment Plan, created by the Waters and Rivers Commission and The Department of Agriculture under the Rural Towns Program and included viewing the comprehensive hydrogeological map of the Catchment.
Field site visits to view establishment methods across a valley floor and a recharge area highlighted the importance of correct ground preparation, pest control and selection of suitable species for individual sites. Also, the importance of monitoring post planting to prevent damage by rabbits was highlighted with seedlings having had protective guards placed at one of the sites. The seedlings with guards have so far survived any rabbit damage and it was very evident that options to control rabbits once green feed is available becomes very limited.
A thick patch of she-oaks with healthy understorey was found and two nesting boxes were erected to tree trunks hoping to entice Red-tailed Phascogales to build their nests in the safety of the artificial nest box.
The Group enjoyed a smoko break in the bush and took the opportunity to discuss different aspects seen during the morning.
In conclusion, I wish to pass on my thanks to the people who attended this event. Your support and interest are very much appreciated.
The Dumbleyung Landcare Zone appreciates the supported received from the State NRM Office towards implementing this project.
Article by C Hadlow