Knowing more about your land - establishing a knowledge baseline for landscape improvement

image from Jillamatong Workshop

Building on the success of our Field Days, this workshop was designed to help understand the landscape and show the importance of observations and records for tracking the effects of land management practices. Guest presenter Richard Thackwayintroduced the VAST-2 decision support system as a tool to support this. This workshop was hosted by Soils for Life and case study participant Martin Royds of Jillamatong near Braidwood, NSW.

  • PROGRAM: The day looked at:
    - the benefits of tracking the effects of land management on landscape condition
    - the VAST-2 system
    - compiling historical records
    - understanding indicators of vegetation condition and interactions with rainfall variability
    - holding water in the soil and interaction of pasture and soil moisture
    - the importance of observations and records
    - scoring key indicators of vegetation condition

Read the summary of the day and the Jillamatong case study, "Don't measure success by the size of your herd", to learn more about the techniques being applied and diverse results being achieved on the host property.