Sydney Harbour

Goobarragandra Invasive Willow Control Program

This project was initially a black willow monitoring project to follow up on an earlier control project. But the project expanded to treat crack willows on 15 properties where we had landowner consent to improve river health and protect the habitat of the endangered Booroolong Frog and Tumut Grevillea. As there is no funding or local agency support to remove the large woody debris the project focuses on removing the smaller crack willows and any black willow or crack willow hybrid seedlings we find.In 2010 & 2011 the catchment had two large flood events and then in 2012 a 1 in 100 yesr flood event occurred which remove a lot of the riparian vegetaion including the remaining crack willows and widened the river in several places

A black willow control project was commenced in the Tumut region in 2000 it was part of a larger project co-ordinated by the Eastern Riverina Weeds Group.

The willow control project started for Willow Warriors in September 2004 when some of us from Friends of the Colo decided to do a monitoring paddle along the Goobarragandra River to treat any black willow seedlings that had appeared since the control program had been wound up.

In the following year, at the request of local land mangers and some landowners, we extended the project to also monitor and treat crack willows which have been spreading along the river downstream of the Thomas Boyd Track head.

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