Herrmann’s Stages 1 & 2

Herrmann’s Stages 1

Herrmann’s Stage 1 started in November 1998. The site is located on Michael Herrmann’s property, which is adjacent to the local Bangalow Pool on Byron Creek’s southern bank. Access is obtained by using the green footbridge over the weir at the pool. A gate has been put in the fence for public access.

This site has been our most successful project reaching canopy closure within 3 years, thanks to the two wet seasons that followed planting. The bank was extremely steep and eroded by constant cattle degradation. The first work here was with Bangalow school children and a group from Volunteers Abroad who under supervision from the landcare group planted the steep bank with lomandra. The bank is now thickly covered and stabilized with a mat of Lomandra and creek lillypillies.

The original planting was funded by a minor funding grant from Richmond Total Catchment Management. We received $2,930.00 to buy a stem injector for camphor killing and for the purchase of 2,500 plants. The Big Scrub also provided and planted approximately 3,000 trees. We supplied the mulch and the farmer fenced the area. Future work at this site will be mainly understory planting, all of the Camphor Laurel in this section have now been killed.

Herrmann’s Stage 2

This area extends from Stage 1 in an easterly direction for approximately 0.5 km. The farmer fenced the area to keep the cattle out. The trees were initially supplied by the Big Scrub and we supplied the mulch ourselves. No grant was received for this site and over 3000 trees have been planted, our own nursery has donated many of the replacement trees.

Because this site was originally ripped we have had an ongoing battle with weeds especially thistle and farmers friends, only annuals but difficult to work around. After initially spraying for two seasons we now brush cut and slash. Grass cover is now beginning to develop . This site has suffered many losses due to drought, flooding, frost and cattle invasion.

Control of most of the site has now been achieved but it continues to need replacement planting of frost hardy species. The close proximity to Herrmann’s Scrub, a remnant rainforest, means we have a valuable seed bank on the doorstep. It is hoped to connect the two sites to create a wildlife corridor in the future.

2010 Update

This planting has now reached the stage of canopy closure and self re-generation. The only issues here are weed maintenance as the flood waters deposit seed from upstream in Stage 2. The pioneer and secondary species are seeding well and germinating readily. A row of bushy shrubs and lomandra was added to the south western boundary of Stage 1 in 2009 to reduce the edge effect. Wind dries the forest and brings weed  seed, the reduction of light along the edge will also help to prevent weeds flourishing. Further planting in the gaps continues and species diversity is broadened.

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