Rifflerun – A work in progress.

At our Rifflerun site we propagated and planted 1000 seedlings with the aim to re-establish the native forest canopy on 37Ha of old farming country.

Approximately 40 native tree species expanded the site’s dry-rainforest community, together with species adapted to the riparian corridor and floodplain, and upland areas dominated by Eucalypts.

We recently held a final tree-planting effort last week, with replanting of the flood-damaged riparian and floodplain areas. Another 100 trees from six native species were added to the previous plantings, adding to survivors from the severe 2021 and 2022 floods

Weed control with herbicides, fertilisers, and mulching was used to ensure seedling establishment and growth. Browsing impacts of wallabies were managed with tree-guards based on a previously tested design using scaffolding cloth stapled to hardwood posts.

Alongside planting we cleared a lot of invasive weeds, notably lantana, castor-oil plant, tobacco bush, privet, tree of heaven, Johnson grass, wild turnip, Tradescantia, balloon vine, prickly pear, and Enredera. This involved spraying, tractor removal, and hand-pulling.

This project has seen revegetation increase local habitat availability for biota affected by bushfires and strengthened regional habitat linkages.

Revegetation work will continue in future, with application of both weed control and planting.

 

 

Organisation
John Hamlyn Harris

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