Restoring native vegetation in the Coorong and Lower Lakes

Finally, our guide to restoring native vegetation communities around the Coorong and Lower Lakes, South Australia, has been published! See the guide hereGuide Pic

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Restoring Ramsar wetlands

I’ve recently been involved in a project to restore aquatic plant communities around a Ramsar listed wetland in South Australia. This was part of a 5-year restoration program in the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth. An short article has been published in Ecological Management and Restoration and I’ve just posted a recently published article related to this work here.

Murray Mouth

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Prioritising landscape scale restoration

A short article has just been published in Ecological Management and Restoration, describing a prioritisation process that our group undertook to determine where to restore parcels and land, and with what vegetation communities, in the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth. The article can be found here. It relates to a conference presentation I gave in 2014 and 2016.

Lake alex plantings 2

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Restoring wetland communities in a Ramsar wetland

A new article has recently been published in Restoration Ecology, which discusses a four year project to restore a Ramsar wetland in South Australia. Please see the abstract below for more information or email me (sacha.jellinek@gmail.com) for a full-text version. The article can be found here (Facilitating the restoration of aquatic plant communities in a Ramsar wetland).Sedge Monitoring Fieldtrip Feb 2012 019 (Large)Abstract: Human activities such as land clearing and intensive land use around water bodies, particularly wetlands, have a detrimental impact on water quality and quantity, aquatic plant communities, and associated wetland fauna. Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert are internationally significant Ramsar wetlands located at the terminus of the Murray River, Australia’s longest river system. Agriculture, water regulation, and extraction and droughts have had a detrimental impact on native plant communities in the lakes. We studied the influence of young (<1–3 years) and old (8–11 years) plantings of a native sedge (bulrush), Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, to facilitate the establishment of aquatic plant communities in comparison with remnant and control sites. We also measured how planting structure (height, stand width, and stem density) changed with age in comparison with remnant sites. Results suggest that as plantings age they get substantially wider and have a greater maximum height, although do not reach similar stand widths by 11 years when compared to remnant areas. However, old plantings do not differ from remnant habitats in relation to aquatic plant species richness, counts of aquatic plants, and community composition. Young plantings have substantially less abundant and diverse plant communities, but are developing on a similar trajectory to old plantings. It is likely that planting sedges along lake shorelines causes a breakwater effect that facilitates the recolonization of wetland plants between the planted area and the water’s edge. Management agencies should consider restoring native sedges to increase aquatic biodiversity, and potentially reduce erosion.

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The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative | We Cannot Learn from Habitat Restoration without Funding Monitoring

http://peoplefoodandnature.org/blog/we-cannot-learn-from-habitat-restoration-without-funding-monitoring/

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This is some footage of a hike Don Driscoll and I did in the West McDonald Ranges, Central Australia

Don and Sachas brief adventure in central australia 2014: http://youtu.be/PkpsX-Znnhc

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Watch “Feed or Weed? New Pastures Sow Future Problems” on YouTube

Feed or Weed? New Pastures Sow Future Problems: http://youtu.be/lMz1PXtmo1c

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