Areas need protection

Craig and Stewart inspect the edge of a deep erosion gully.
Craig and Stewart inspect the edge of a deep erosion gully.

Many farmers in the Great Lakes are seeing their resource base of soil literally washing away when their land is afflicted by eroding gullies and watercourses.

Landholders are finding the key to preserving and building fragile coastal soils in the face of increasingly concentrated rain events, are maintaining good ground cover through careful grazing management, and protecting and regenerating their riparian areas.

The riparian areas, those bordering watercourses like gullies, creeks and rivers, are important to the health of the landscape, but are vulnerable to erosion and weed infestation without careful management.

Next Monday, May 22 Karuah and Great Lakes Landcare is offering a free field workshop touring an active riparian management project at Nabiac.

The site has many challenges to overcome, including erosion and rampant weeds, but the land managers are proactively tackling them, starting with protection from stock impacts and control of noxious woody weeds.