Sydney Harbour

Willows out of Our Rivers

The Willows out of Our Rivers (WOR) project does not have the goal of removing all willows from Australia. The project has two linked overriding objectives. The first is to map willows by taxa and also look for galleries of seedlings, to determine where the varieties of willows that spread by seed are located, and then work with the community to treat the seedlings and the taxa or trees producing the seed. The reason we have selected whitewater rivers is not just because we enjoy whitewater paddling, but it is because these rivers flow through or adjacent to land managed not for agricultural production but for it's conserrvation values. Our second over riding objective is to assist public and private landowners, who manage their land for it's conservation values, to control willows on their land. The link betwen the two arises because managing the spread of willows vegetatively along a river from agricultural land is not all that difficult it just requires a biannual monitoring program at the upstreaam end of a property where willows have been removed. But monitoring the spread of willows by wind blown seed across or between catchments is very difficlut and requires planning and broad scale managment.

There is more detail on the Project and it's proposed outcomes and objectives below.

Project Description 

The Willows Out of our Rivers project aims to utilize trained volunteers to map and monitor willows along the whitewater rivers in southern New South Wales. The group will promote willow awareness to river bank landowners by mail outs of willows information and to the general public by promoting our activities to attract new volunteers. We also hope to build better understand in the community of the commitment needed by rural land owners to manage our natural resources by encouraging participation of volunteers from our cities to assist rural landowners with their river recovery projects.
With the additional volunteers Willow Warriors will extend it’s willow treatment projects on the Goobarragandra River and continue with treatment of isolated willows in remote or difficult to access areas so that contractors can focus on easy to access or high infestation areas.


Proposed Outcomes
1) Along with data from other sources map 1500 kilometres of rivers in NSW and the ACT (refer the attached list)
2) Depending on the number of new volunteers monitor and follow up treatment on 1000 to 1500 kilometres of rivers in NSW and the ACT
3) Continue with current treatment projects the 20 km of the Goobarragandra River.
4) Provide public awareness activities in conjunction with treatment projects and provide the latest information of willows to riverbank landowners in conjunction with monitoring activities.
5) Provide samples and data collected to willows research projects, the Environment Trust, Catchment Management Authorities and the National Willows Taskforce. 


1) To map willows, by type based on invasiveness, on the river sections listed within three years.
2) To continue to monitor existing treatment projects and assist other willow control projects on the river sections listed over the next five years or more.
3) To complete current treatment project on the Goobarragandra River and where possible assist with willow treatment in remote / low infestation areas, particularly in areas of high conservation value areas.
4) Increase public and landowner awareness about invasive willows, both seeding and fragile, and their associated problems, through the provision of appropriate information and media events over the next three years and ongoing.
5) To increase volunteer participation in river recovery projects over the next three years
6) To ensure that all work carried out is in accordance with relevant legislation and to best practice


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