Reclaim the Riverbank – next meeting 29 August

The next Reclaim the Riverbank working bee will be Saturday, August 29th, 9.30am.

Jobs include a bit of planting, repairing any damage from the high water flows this week, smashing down the dead vegetation to prevent things growing up it.

So bring any tools you have; brushcutters, clippers, hedge trimmers brush hooks, cane cutting knives or even a rake handle or sturdy stick to smash the blackberry stalks down.

Dont forget your gloves and sturdy boots.

Meet at the Quaama Dry River rest area to plan the morning.

For those who are new to this group, we aim to meet once a month to carry out weed control around new plantings, and to manage any regrowth from honeysuckle and blackberry.

The following article is  reprinted from the August Triangle. Visit The Triangle online at thetriangle.org.au

In June the Quaama Reclaim the Riverbank and Dry River Landcare groups hosted a bush regeneration workshop in Quaama.

About 15 people came from as far as Bermagui, and from Cobargo and Quaama and surrounding areas.

James Cook was our guest, and he brought a wealth of knowledge to the discussion. He guided the participants through the various stages of developing a plan to regenerate natural vegetation, using the Dry River Reclaim the Riverbank site as an example.

The basic guidelines are; identify your site; map out and mark vegetation you want to preserve, then divide your site into regions. Within those regions then divide the area into small, manageable lots. This is important, as it makes your job manageable and not too overwhelming. Aerial photos or maps are useful for this task and can usually be sourced through Council or even Google Earth. James suggested that small shrubs or plants that you want to keep could be identified with pink tape markers or something similar.

Once all this is done you can begin to remove the weeds, starting with anything that is aerial, i.e. invasive vines and creepers that are strangling taller trees and shrubs. Once that is achieved, you can begin the process of removing the roots of the offending vegetation, by whatever means you choose; judicious weedicide application, or grubbing out, depending on your resources, being careful not to damage any of the identified plants that you want to retain

It sounds like hard work, but great results can be achieved with planning and persistence, as various participants reported during our discussions. Then the planting can begin. If the invasive weeds have been properly removed, it is a lot easier to then keep regrowth under control with regular weeding around the new plants until they are well established.

Participants in the workshop gained a very good understanding of the job ahead of them and the morning was a great opportunity to share what is being done in different areas. In future trips to Cobargo and Bermagui will take place to see what others are doing, and to keep up the morale of each of the smaller groups carrying out landcare work in this region.

For more information or to become involved you can contact the Dry River Landcare group at dryriverlandcare@gmail.com

Rose Chaffey

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