River seedlings from 2012 going strong

The native seedling class of 2012 is going strong on the South Australian Murray Valley floodplain, as red gum, black box and lignum seedlings continue to survive and thrive. The lucky combination of 3 years of floods followed up by good summer rains has provided sufficient moisture to keep the seedlings surviving well to date. Multiple Riverland sites are benefiting from environmental watering, with many seedlings now shoulder-high and turning into saplings. The big test for the class of 2012 will come with predicted hot and dry times ahead, to see how many seedlings survive naturally, and if survival and growth rates continue to be better in watered areas.

Black box seedlings at Thiele Flat near Loxton are head-high, thanks to environmental watering

Black box seedlings at Thiele Flat near Loxton are head-high, thanks to environmental watering


New growth tips on black box seedlings which received environmental water, at Thiele Flat near Loxton

New growth tips on black box seedlings which received environmental water, at Thiele Flat near Loxton

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About redgumgirl

Dr Anne Jensen is an environmental consultant with a passionate interest in sustainable management of our natural resources, particularly the River Murray and wetland environments. She is particularly interested in using photographs and stories to explain issues around water and protecting natural ecosystems in terms that are understood by the wider community, so that we can manage our environment sustainably for our common future.
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