10 August 2018 – CFNC Guest speaker Damien Cook

At the August 2018 CFNC general meeting, the guest speaker will be Damien Cook, who will talk about wetland rehabilitation – and, in particular, the ecology of the Koorangie Marshes and how the restoration project here was implemented (see further details below in the comments section).

As outlined on his company’s website, local resident Damien is Co-director and Senior Ecologist of Rakali Ecological Consulting, a company specialising in ecological consultancy.  Damien’s roles within the company include ecological consulting, project planning, client liaison and delivering training….He is a recognised expert in wetland, riparian and terrestrial ecology, particularly in the factors affecting the establishment and management of aquatic and wetland plants, and also the revegetation of terrestrial ecosystems.
The evening event will be from 7.30pm on Friday 10 August in the Fellowship Room (behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St.  The church is situated next door to the Art Gallery).  There is no cost for entry, and both members and visitors of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there.

One thought on “10 August 2018 – CFNC Guest speaker Damien Cook

  1. Damien has provided the following additional information about his upcoming talk.

    Title: Restoring tree cover in the Ramsar-listed Koorangie Marshes through an indigenous partnership

    The Koorangie Marshes are a 3000-ha system of wetlands at the end of the Avoca River in north central Victoria and are of extremely high cultural and ecological significance.

    Poor land and water management in the latter half of the 20th century caused rising saline water tables and prolonged water-logging which killed the canopy of River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and Eumong (Acacia stenophylla) over a large area of the marshes. Improved irrigation practices and the millennium drought lowered the local water table and created suitable conditions for tree canopy species to re-establish, however regeneration has been limited because of the lack of a soil seed bank.

    The North Central Catchment Management Authority, in partnership with the local Barapa Barapa traditional owners, have implemented a restoration program that has resulted in the planting of 11,000 trees over 1000 ha of the Marshes. Planting followed the draw-down of the 2016 flood using a technique that required no herbicide use and resulted in very high tree survival rates.

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