Katanning Landcare are intimately involved in the management of the land in the Katanning region.
On this page we’ve featured a few case studies of how we’ve been involved with the community in assisting land management.
Lake Ewlyamartup Restoration
Katanning Landcare has been intimately involved in the rehabilitation and restoration of Lake Ewlyamartup.
Together with the Lake Ewlyamartup Working Group (LEWG), Katanning Landcare has developed and spearheaded the restoration of Lake Ewlyamartup from a hyper-saline eutrophic mess to a community loved healthy recreation environment that supports bird watchers, kayakers and waterskiers alike.
For some insight into the Lake Ewlyamartup project, please check out these blog posts:
- The Lake Ewlyamartup Story – features a YouTube video of Ella presenting the transformation of ‘our lake’
- Lake Ewlyamartup Kayak Tour
- How Can a Lake have an Inlet but No Outlet?
- A New Family Watching Over the Lake
Battling Bridal Creeper
For seven years, Katanning and surrounding shires have been battling this Weed of National Significance
Bridal Creeper is a resilient and hard to kill weed that is taking over bushland, roadsides, creeklines and reserves across Australia. It is a Weed of National Significance (WoNS) and has been the target weed for Katanning and several surrounding shires for the last seven years.
Working together with the Landcare groups, Shires, Main Roads, spray contractors and the State NRM Office, this weed has been sprayed on all roadside in Katanning, Woodanilling, Wagin, Dumbleyung and West Arthur for seven years, significantly reducing its spread. Recently, the shires of Kojonup, Narrogin and Kent have also joined the fight against Bridal Creeper, with management of this weed becoming an increasing priority as it smothers native habitat throughout these shires.
The program consists of a central coordinator organising the spray contractor to ensure that all roadside infestations (or as many as is feasible) are sprayed each winter. Because of its resilient nature, it takes at least seven years to kill a single Bridal Creeper plant. We have seen in Katanning, Wagin and Woodanilling, in particular, that ongoing systematic spraying of infestations, and raising awareness and training among the shire and community has shown a marked reduction infestation density.
For a bit more information about the program and for a few hints about managing the weed, please see this blog post.
Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes
The annual Fox Shoot is an important community biosecurity program that reminds farmers and community members to remain vigilant against feral predators.
The Katanning and Surrounds annual Fox Shoot and Tally Breakfast are important events in the farming calendar. Each year, in February or March, a community fox and rabbit shoot is organised to highlight the importance of feral predator control in our agricultural region. The annual event brings together farmers, and has a number of prizes provided by local businesses. This local event is part of a state-wide program aimed at reducing the damage done by foxes, cats and rabbits. See Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes website or Facebook page for more information.
Here’s a quick wrap up of the 2015 Fox Shoot and Tally Breakfast.