Assist recovery of the rainforest environment along Spinach Creek and provide infrastructure for long term
- identifying and mapping major plant communities;
- establishing a network of firetrails;
- removing weed species;
- undertaking ecological burns in adjoining areas.
The map above shows the major parts of the project:
- Firetrails are shown in red
- Property boundaries are indicated by the
white dashed line
- White shaded areas show the extent of the proposed eco-burn
- Green shaded areas are areas of mechanical clearing
- Yellow shaded areas are erosion control
Due to the lack of rain during the winter and spring of 2009 we were unable
to conduct the planned burning program and splatter gun spraying of lantana and moth vine. Controlled burn needs to be conducted several
days after 50mm of rain and glyphosphate spraying requires that the weeds be growing vigorously.
As of mid-december 2009 we have had
no substantial rainfall since the start of winter with only one fall of more than 10mm in October.
Because of the lack of rain we concentrated
our efforts on constructing an additional firebreak of approximately 900m on the southern side of Spinach Creek Rd and mechanical
clearing of approximately 15h of lantana and mothvine using the dozer and slasher. This was a slow and laborious business due
to the interleaved native scrub and rocky terrain.
In addition we spent 3 days filling and contouring an area of deep gully erosion
of approximately 0.8h.
During this process we discovered a Mother of Millions infestation at the head of a steep gully that runs down
to Ma Ma creek. We sprayed this twice with neat diesel and continue to monitor for regrowth.
We purchased an East Wind bulldozer to
assist with this project.
A number of photopoints were established to monitor the project progress and effectiveness.