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UMDR Project to remove emerging in-stream willows along the Murrumbidgee River

UMDR  project to remove emerging in-stream willows along the Murrumbidgee River

The UMDR Community Willow Control project was launched with a splash by the Minister for Primary Industries, the Hon Ms Katrina Hodgkinson and member for Monaro, Mr John Barilaro MP, when they met up with project partners and supporters at Angle Crossing on 31st January.  Better still, at the launch, the Minister herself tested the waters by canoeing across the river and trying her hand at the type of work the project will be doing on the river….and no…. this was not the source of the ‘splash’!

The project, which is funded under NSW DPI’s Fish Habitat Action Grants, will involve guiding canoe crews of adventurous volunteers along the Murrumbidgee River between Bredbo and Angle Crossing and controlling emergent, in-stream and seeding willows along the way.  This project will prioritise control of willows in the harder to access parts of the project area, which retain healthy native riparian vegetation and riverine habitat and up to now have been mostly willow free.  As such, this project will contribute to maintaining and creating a willow free zone on the Murrumbidgee River between Black Rock (Scottsdale) Gorge and Angle Crossing), which was a key priority identified by the UMCCC (2010) Upper Murrumbidgee catchment willow management strategy (see www.umccc.org.au/WillowManagement).

The project has now started and canoe days (mostly weekends) are scheduled for April and early spring.  Any interested adventurous volunteers that want to be involved should contact Antia on 0429778633 or email facilitator@upperbidgeereach.org.au

What is the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach (UMDR)?

To find out more about the upper bidgee demo reach go to

www.upperbidgee reach.org.au or contact Antia, the UMDR facilitator on 0429778633.

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Story | by Dr. Radut