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Millpost Creek Revegetation
7 Apr 2009

Millpost, on the Southern Tablelands of NSW, 40 kilometres north east of Canberra, was the scene of a joint riparian revegetation project between landholders David Watson and Judith Turley, and the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority. The project had multiple conservation, economic and social goals. David and Judith wanted to address existing land degradation issues, improve riparian habitat and biodiversity, and improve water quality in Millpost Creek, a 3rd order stream in the Lake George Catchment. They also wanted the project to provide some long term economic benefits, in the form of timber, livestock fodder, and a seed orchard. Finally, they felt that by strategically planting exotic deciduous species close to the homestead, and natives further out, they could reduce fire risk and improve the aesthetic value of the property. The Murrumbidgee CMA helped out with some funding for the native species revegetation side of the project. Funding was provided on an in kind basis, meaning that the CMA would match every dollar spent by David and Judith. In the autumn of 2008, work began on the project. The total project area was approximately 12 hectares, of which about 7 ha was to be planted with a mixture of native trees and shrubs. 3 km of new fences were erected to exclude stock from the area, and three new concrete watering troughs were added for livestock. Herbicide was applied to control competition from grass and weeds, and the site was ripped and mounded ready for planting in August 2008. Approximately 5000 trees and shrubs were planted in one morning, upstream and downstream of the homestead, and deciduous exotics continue to be planted opportunistically closer to the house. The trees are growing well 9 months later, and once it rains we should start seeing some real benefits along the creek!

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