Say G’day to the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board at the Riverland Field Days
The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board will be onsite at this year’s Riverland Field Days with a marquee packed full of information, advice and activities for the community.
Located at site 202/204 on Second Avenue, landscape board representatives will be available to provide advice and resources on a range of landscape management issues including pest management, soil health and sustainable agriculture. Staff from the wetlands team will be giving updates on the outcomes of environmental watering in the region’s floodplains while the citizen science team will be showcasing the ways in which every day Australians can contribute to environmental health.
Landholders affected by the 2022-23 floods can find speak to staff about resources and support available to help manage weed issues and undertake revegetation projects.
The ever-popular native animal zoo will be on display thanks to Animals Anonymous, and with a number of kids’ activities the whole family will be engaged and entertained. Kids can test their observation skills in the find our frog competition and go in the running to win a prize.
Landscape board General Manager Andrew Meddle said he encouraged the community to use the field days as an opportunity to find out about the work being done to improve the condition of the region’s landscapes.
“Our staff can help out with a diverse range of topics from weed identification and management through to soil health and remediation strategies.
“We’ll also have staff from our wetlands team who can talk about the impact the floods have had on native biodiversity, and how environmental watering will enhance conditions over the coming months and years.
“Kids are welcome to get involved with the native animal zoo and play-based activities, and there’s even a competition for adults to test their knowledge of common weed species.”
Free onsite soil analysis for landholders
Landholders are encouraged to bring a matchbox-sized soil sample to have analysed under the microscope by landscape board soil extension officer Barrie Williams.
“Looking at soil under the microscope gives a good indication of what type of soil life you have under your feet,” said Mr Williams.
“We can see the make-up of bacteria, protozoa and fungi in soil which gives a basic health check of soil function and helps to identify the best ways to improve soil performance”.
The landscape board marquee will also include exhibitions by the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the Department for Environment and Water and Nature Glenelg Trust.
This project is supported by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board through the landscape levies.
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