31-Oct-2014

LEARNING TO PROTECT SOIL WITH EROSION CONTROL TECHNIQUES

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Learning about erosion control at the workshop on Wyndham Station on 27 October 2014.


Soils for Life ventured west of the Darling on 27 October for a field day at Angus and Kelly Whyte’s Wyndham Station, north of Wentworth, NSW. Organised by Local Land Services Western Region, this event was part of our Western Division Resilient Landscape Project, which is generously supported by the Rotary Club of Sydney.
 

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Darryl Hill of Soil Save explains
  practical soil conservation.

While other field days we have organised or attended have focussed on aspects such as building soil fertility and improving pastures, this one was about a more fundamental and practical aspect that should be common to all land management, but which is often overlooked or given insufficient attention: how to stop soil from washing away from along tracks and fence lines.

Soils for Life’s Operations Manager, John Leggett, kicked off the day with an outline of Soils for Life and the upcoming Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project Mentoring Program. After a welcome from Gus Whyte, Soil Save’s Darryl Hill then took over the white board and explained the fundamental concepts of practical soil conservation.
 

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Mitchell Whyte learns how to use the
  dumpy level.

Darryl introduced the gathering to the ‘dumpy level’, the soil conservationist’s essential tool, and showed us how to measure slopes and distances. Having mastered this skill, we headed to the paddock for a practical demonstration of how to build a diversion bank across the track to divert run-off from the track and across adjoining land, where it can disperse and infiltrate.

While the red sandy soils of far western New South Wales are especially prone to erosion by wind and water, this issue is widespread. Many farmers and other land managers would benefit from learning about the simple and practical ways to help control erosion as demonstrated at Wyndham Station.

To learn more about the other regenerative practices and results being achieved on Wyndham Station, read the case study, A motivation for long-term landscape resilience.



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Learning about and constructing a diversion-bank at the Erosion Control and Landscape Engineering Workshop
  on Wyndham Station.


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