Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us as a people. They nourish and refresh us and provide a home for dazzling varieties of fish and wildlife, and trees of every sort. – Charles Kuralt
Rivers of Carbon – Goulburn District River Linkages, continues our focus on connecting and linking riparian rehabilitation projects (undertaken over the past 20 years by various groups) with remnant vegetation and other works. Strong community demand led us to put in the application to rehabilitate riparian areas to boost native vegetation, reduce sedimentation, and improve stock management. Connecting riparian and terrestrial vegetation, and increasing biodiversity are key outcomes, as well as raising awareness and sharing knowledge about the many values our rivers have for communities – both human and ecological.
Our partners are Greening Australia, the Upper Lachlan Landcare Group, South-East Local Land Services and Land for Wildlife. We will be seeking twenty-five landholders to work with us to protect and enhance twenty-five kilometres of riparian corridor, as well as linking 1500 hectares of remnant vegetation. Alternative water is available for up to fifteen landholders (if required) to offset loss of access to the waterway. overall, we are going to plant 40,000 tubestock and do fifty kilometres of direct seeding using local provenance native seed. The timeframe for our project is from 1st June 2016 through to the 1st of June 2026.
The map below shows the area that we are working in, as well as some of the other projects currently underway in this part of New South Wales.
Our project runs for ten years, so once the initial site selection and on-ground works are done, we will be returning to each site and reviewing progress. We will also be running field days and other events to share what we are learning and raise awareness about how best to manage rivers in this district for biodiveristy gains.
We have recently run a great event in Goulburn where we talked about “Messing things up and slowing it down”. Follow this link to read more about our event. We are really lucky that all of the speakers were recorded and they are now available for you to watch online here.
You can learn more about this project, and others like it, as well as stay up to date with the latest news on the Rivers of Carbon website.