Warren River Revegetation
- Category: Revegetation
- Date: November 23, 2016
- Added By: CapeLife
Blackberries to native bush
The Common Blackberry (*Rubus anglocandicans) is an invasive weed that has dominated large areas along waterways for decades. In the pristine environment of the Warren River, blackberries were a significant issue, strangling native vegetation. After the introduction of a biological control (eight European strains of the leaf-rust fungus Phragmidium violaceum) the blackberries have declined, but have also left the riverbanks eroded and bare. Through a Federal Funded grant (Restoring natural riparian vegetation systems along the Warren and Donnelly Rivers) the Warren Catchments Council was awarded a five year project to plant 600,000 seedlings along these rivers.
Cape Life was engaged to undertake the revegetation component, and over the past two years has planted over 390,000 seedlings, each grown from provenance seed collected from the area.
The project has had its challenges – the remoteness and rugged terrain has meant the team had to be a bit inventive in bringing seedlings to the site. The use of a flying fox and a canoe towing another canoe with seedlings helped solve the problem!
Beyond the revegetation of the riverbanks, the broader project includes a partnership with CSIRO, DPaW and a UWA PhD candidate researching blackberry management and riparian revegetation programs.