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River Weeding at Yarrie Station

Friday 19 October 2012

Care for Hedland staff and volunteers along with Rangelands NRM went to Yarrie Station from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th of September to undertake weeding activities on the DeGrey River.


Twenty volunteers targeted the weed Parkinsonia aculeate along a 4 km section of the DeGrey river bank near the Yarrie homestead.  Parkinsonia is a Weed of National Significance (WONS) and a national priority for weed control.  There were also some Ricinus communis (Castor oil plants) and Calotropis procera (Rubber bush) found during the weekend and destroyed. 


The Parkinsonia was controlled by pruning plants back to the stump and then spraying the stump with Roundup.  The pruned limbs were then used to pack erosion gully’s using an approach based on Peter Andrews system of Natural Sequence Farming.  Peter had recently run a Natural Sequence Farming field day on Yarrie Station. 


Everyone had a great weekend and felt a real sense of acheivement in helping the station tackle these weeds. It wasn't all work though with plenty of fishing and swimming down at the river.


Care for Hedland and Rangelands NRM plan on making these events a regular occurence once the heat has died down again.