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The black box sapling that didn’t get the email!

For the drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant species black box (Eucalyptus largiflorens), normally found at higher elevations and outer edges of Murray-Darling floodplains, the accepted wisdom is that young trees need to be 20-30 years old in order to produce seed. This time-span is … Continue reading

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After the Flood . . .

The health of the River Murray valley in South Australia is showing dramatic improvement following a very useful seasonal flood in spring-summer 2016. The flow event peaked at 94,865 ML/d at the South Australian border on 30 November 2016 and … Continue reading

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Sharing environmental watering success!

Beautiful Banrock Station was the location for an inspiring and positive meeting this week, the Nature Foundation SA Water For Nature Exchange. A group of wetland managers, NGO staff, agency staff, researchers and landholders tried not to be distracted by the magnetic … Continue reading

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Black box trees in glorious flower!

Black box trees flower mostly in summer, right? Wrong!! At least this year, for the first time since the start of monitoring black box in 2004, the majority of trees are in full glorious flower in winter! The working hypothesis … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A disturbing lack of rain

Our rainwater tank ran dry this week! We had already switched the house back to mains water at the beginning of October, in the middle of spring, but now in late December there is no more water for the vegetable … Continue reading

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20:80 Vision for Sustainable Landscapes

Setting a target for the future for sustainable Australian landscapes, we should aim for a 20:80 mix of native ecosystems alongside agricultural production. Cropping landscapes need borders and corridors of trees and bushes threading across the pattern of fields. We are way behind … Continue reading

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