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Rehydrating the rangelands field day

Landholders looking to learn more about improving water infiltration and reducing erosion on a landscape scale are encouraged to attend the upcoming rehydrating the rangelands field day.

The field day, which Western Local Land Services is coordinating, will be held on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at two properties near White Cliffs in the north-west of the state.

The two properties that will host the field day both participated in the recent property planning program that used the Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU) approach which focuses on landscape rehydration and restoration.

Presenters for the field day include:

  • EMU co-founder, Hugh Pringle who will focus on landscape processes and rehydration on a landscape scale
  • Western Local Land Services Rangeland Rehabilitation Officer, Paul Theakston who will focus on rehabilitation techniques used in the rangelands
  • landholders from the two properties where the field day will be held will speak about their involvement with property planning and works that have been carried out.

Mr Theakston is looking forward to landholders having the opportunity to see first-hand the benefits of the EMU approach and hear from other landholders about their property planning experiences.

“Having on-property field days are a fantastic opportunity for landholders to hear from industry experts about the benefits of property planning in making their properties more sustainable, but also see for themselves the changes that have taken place,” Mr Theakston said.

“There are many issues currently facing landholders which can negatively impact on agricultural productivity and landscape health.

“The EMU approach provides a visual framework to understand landscape processes and how to strategically address these issues.

“This field day will showcase the planning process and the resulting on-ground projects that are working to rehydrate the landscape.”

The field day will commence at “Kayrunnera”, 65 km west of White Cliffs at 9 am and conclude at 5 pm at “Katalpa Station”, 85 km west of White Cliffs, however all participants are invited to stay for dinner and overnight at White Cliffs.

Source: Western Local Land Services

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