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EMU approach helps rangeland water filtration and erosion reduction

by Sheep Central, 05 June 2017

Rehabilitation work at Katalpa Station, north east of Broken Hill. Photo – Darren Grigg, Griggmedia.

WATER filtration and erosion reduction across landscapes will be covered at a ‘Rehydrating the Rangelands’ field day in norther-west New South Wales on June 21.

Landholders looking to learn more about improving water infiltration and reducing erosion on a landscape scale are encouraged to attend the field day which starts at Kayrunnera Station, 65 km west of White Cliffs at 9 am.

The field day will conclude at 5pm at Katalpa Station, 85 km west of White Cliffs; however, all participants are invited to stay for dinner and overnight at White Cliffs.

The two properties participated in the recent property planning program that used the Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU) approach that 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, and; Western Local Land Services rangeland rehabilitation officer, Paul Theakston, who will outline ehabilitation techniques used in the rangelands.

Landholders from the two properties will speak about their involvement with property planning and works that have been carried out.

Mr Theakston said he 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.

“There are many issues currently facing landholders which can negatively impact on agricultural productivity and landscape health,” Mr Theakston said.

“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 is being co-ordinated by Western Local Land Services. RSVPs are due by June 15 and can be made by contacting Mr Theakston on (02) 6836 1575.

Source: Western Local Land Service.

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