Restoring Riparian Zones Archives - Rivers of Carbon

  • Sustainable Farms Summer Afternoon Field Days

    Through February and March, ANU’s Sustainable Farms Team is hosting the Summer Afternoon series of Field Days. The Summers field days are focused on Water (Farm Dams and Riparian Areas) and Shelterbelts, and how managing and creating these natural assets well, can improve the productivity of your farm and also create a better on farm […]

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  • Stone Age to ‘drone age’: using technology for reforestation

    A team of scientists are fighting climate change by dragging reforestation technology from the Stone Age to the ‘drone age’. In November last year, scientists in Thailand sent a drone on a test mission – not to target an enemy hiding in the forest below, but to bring new life to woodlands by “bombing” them with […]

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  • Lack of maintenance is a major challenge for stream restoration projects

    Environmental infrastructure and practices designed to restore and protect aquatic systems are now mainstream. Yet many of these projects are failing to produce biophysical outcomes that they are designed for because of poor maintenance. The success of restoration projects is just as much a consequence of how they are maintained, as it is how the […]

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  • Five Things About Long-Term Monitoring

    Professor David Lindenmayer wrote this excellent article for  the latest edition of ‘Decision Point’, thank you to David Salt, editor of Decision Point for allowing us to share it here. Effective long-term environmental monitoring is difficult and challenging; it requires good design, careful review, long-term commitment, and often gets overlooked when resources are handed out […]

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  • What do farmers think about planting riparian margins?

    Fleur Maseyk and her team from the University of Queensland surveyed a group of  dairy farmers working on the Taranaki ring plain in New Zealand to learn more about their perceptions of the value of riparian plantings. Farmers were invited to participated in an interactive meeting with the purpose of describing their experiences and views […]

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  • Help to save the yellow-spotted bell frog!

    South East Local Land Services has $125,000 of NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Saving Our Species funding, available over five years, to assist land managers to undertake project works that protect and enhance yellow-spotted bell frog habitat. Senior Land Services Officer Annelies McGaw said this inconspicuous frog is one of the most endangered vertebrates […]

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  • Are algal blooms the new norm for Australia’s major rivers?

    Are toxic algal blooms the new norm for Australian rivers? Are we really ready for them to be recurrent on the Murray River? More importantly, what do these frequent blooms say about how we manage water in Australia, especially as we start to see the impacts of climate change on our environment? For much of […]

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  • How can we manage habitat fragmentation better?

    Human altered landscapes are having a big influence on animals. As our populations grow and develop, we expand, changing habitats to the detriment of some species. In a recent article entitled How often, how far, how risky and how biased? researchers from the University of Queensland discuss some important factors to consider in the development […]

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  • Riparian zones are ‘fuses’ for fire – facts and myths about bushfires and climate change

    One of the concerns landholders have when we talk to them about restoring their riparian areas is that the vegetation along the river will act as a ‘fuse’ for fire.  This has become a more common concern over the last few years when we have witnessed (and some communities have tragically experienced) some terrifying fires […]

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  • Riparian tree cover enhances the resistance and stability of woodland bird communities during an extreme climatic event

    Haydn Burgess, the new Rivers of Carbon on-ground manager for our Yass and Biodiversity Fund projects, forwarded this article to me about the importance of riparian tree cover for woodland birds…. Research question: Ecosystems world-wide are increasingly subject to multiple interacting disturbances. Biodiversity in anthropogenic landscapes can be enhanced by manipulating landscape patterns, but could such […]

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