Kiamma Creek Landcare held a field day at 7 Wade Street Crookwell on Willow Control methods. The day was aimed at informing residents about the upcoming Willow removal along the Kiamma Creek and also about methods of willow removal.
The Guest speaker was legendary “Willow Warrior” Jeff Cottrell who has been runs adventure style willow control and mapping programs in various rivers in New South Wales. Willow Warriors, a landcare group, take volunteers on kayak and rafts to undertake mapping, treatment and follow up monitoring of Black Willows and other weeds whilst enjoying the paddling experience. You can find out more about Willow Warriors on their website http://www.willowwarriors.org.au/. Jeff talked about all of the different willows and treatment methods. He was not totally opposed to all willows and was open to the benefits in certain situations such as the Peter Andrews Natural Sequence Farming methods. He showed an example in Braidwood. Here is a link to a great blog where you can find out more about this http://earthintegral.com/tag/natural-sequence-farming/
Genevieve Reardon from the Lachlan CMA outlined the Kiamma Creek Landcare Project and the reasons that the willows are a problem in Crookwell and the pros and cons of all of the control methods.
After a good discussion about the project two Willow control contractors from the Lachlan CMA came along to give a demonstration on the stem injection method which can be used outside of towns where there is not any infrastructure that could get damaged or public places where people could be at risk from falling limbs.
Lori Gould from Greening Australia spoke about revegetation after the willow removal information about Greening Australias reveg programs can be found here: https://upperlachlan.wordpress.com/current-projects-and-events/revegetation/greening-australia-wopr-and-more/