We're giving spotted gum a second chance up on the biolink ridgeline. All the spotted gum on the flats below have succumbed to frost. Guarding might help too, especially as Phil and I spotted a roo on the ridge when we arrived early in the morning to plant three clumps and a total of 40 altogether. If at first you don't succeed, try again (at least once!)...
Phil brought along 20 swamp gums ( a gift from Central Highlands Water): "Why do we want any more of those?" I complained. But they're the local dominant woodland tree species, so for consistency of design, they need to be brought back everywhere on site.
A group of us met with Steve Murphy and Matt Pywell from Wild Plants (on right) to discuss details of the mix of plants to go along the biolink ridge. Matt came up with the brilliant suggestion of the ImLal biorich site becoming an ark for locally endangered species. The ridge will be suitable for clumps of local species of coast banksia (B. marginata) and serrated hakea (H. decurrens). Matt says both are under pressure from seed collectors and command seed prices of $1,500-1,600/kg. Becoming an ark for locally endangered species adds another commercial option for biorich designers to explore.
Gib Wettenhall is interested in how we carry out large scale landscape restoration that involves the people who live in those landscapes. That, he believes, would build truly resilient landscapes.