Happy World Wetlands Day!

World Wetlands Day has been greeted with life-giving rains in South Australia, as ex-cyclone Stan sweeps across the countryside. The rainfall is a very special bonus for Murray Valley  wetlands. This will help keep young black box seedlings and saplings going, as they reach the 4-5 year old stage. These seedlings germinated after flood peaks in February 2011 and April 2012, and represent the first widespread potential recruitment of black box (Eucalyptus largiflorens) on the South Australian section of the River Murray floodplain in 60 years. Previous germination events in the 1970s and 1990s have not survived to reproductive age, except in a few isolated patches. The current cohort needs to survive for at least 20 years to produce flowers and then seeds, so environmental water is being added strategically to assist in their survival. Any rainfall events are a precious bonus, and very symbolic on World Wetlands Day!

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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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