BALARDONG NOONGAR COUNTRY
- Region: Wheatbelt, WA
- Planted: 2019, 2020
- Size: 53 hectares
- Seedlings Count: 81,000 (hand-planted)
- Supported By: State Natural Resource Management Program
- Partner: FarmWoods
- Species: Acacia, Allocasuarina, Atriplex, Casuarina, Eucalyptus, Hakea, Melaleuca
The Shire of Brookton is a predominantly broadscale agriculture area producing wheat and cereal crops. The greater district has land affected by salt and erosion due to clearing of native vegetation and grazing of stock over many generations. The planting sites are located on two separate working farms owned by two different families. The landowners are concerned with the rising water table and the salinisation of valuable cropping land.
We are working with FarmWoods to restore 53 hectares of degraded agricultural land through Biodiverse Sandalwood planting and Saltland Carbon planting. Using specially designed seed mixes to replicate pre-European vegetation, we will develop and test new carbon farming systems with the aim to reduce water tables, stabilise and regenerate eroded land, and create shelter and mixed grazing fodder for livestock.