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Willow massacre revs up below Scrivener

By johnboy - 24 May 2012 16

Willow removal may create ugly moonscapes along our rivers and lead to horrific infrastructure wrecking erosion.

But we hate them willows! Hate them!

Just who’s family they sold into slavery remains unknown but TAMS are letting us know they’re kicking off the great expense of trashing the Molonglo below Scrivener.

“Work will now commence to poison and remove established Willows using control techniques along the Molonglo River below Scrivener Dam covering an area of 1.5 kilometres. The removal of blackberries and other woody weeds growing along river banks will also occur as part of the program.”

Ms Dawson said after Willows have been removed, work will commence to rehabilitate the area. Revegetation will take place in Autumn and there will be opportunities for community planting days.

“Willows will be replaced with endemic species of local provenance. Planting will include trees, shrubs and understorey plant species to ensure a healthy ecosystem develops over time.

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Willow massacre revs up below Scrivener
poetix 8:09 pm 24 May 12

Thumper said :

neanderthalsis said :

dungfungus said :

Why are they not eradicating the trout as well?

Because trout taste better than willows.

I dunno, I quite like a fine slap up fried willow.

I always sucked as a batsman…

PrinceOfAles 5:57 pm 24 May 12

shirty_bear said :

“opportunities for community planting days” … wtf?? Read “opportunities for people to come and do ACTGovCo’s job for them, unpaid”.

The pillocks running the show continue to disguise their idiocy poorly.

And so, my fellow Canberran: ask not what your GovCo can do for you – ask what you can do for your GovCo

AAMC 5:03 pm 24 May 12

MERC600 said :

They would have a busy 10 years or so removing willows along the Murray between Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge. I wonder why they are such a heinous tree here, and others don’t give a rats. And yes as EvanJames says, what about erosion.

I suspect that the justification will relate to the high nutrient leaf litter they deposit in the relatively low volume waterways, as for South Australia goes I believe they are used to stabilise the levee banks; tho I spend a bit of time on the Murray each year and have noticed some large scale tree removal in some parts.

EvanJames 4:36 pm 24 May 12

dungfungus said :

Nothing like a feed of “traut a la Triclopyr”

It would be interesting to find out what they’re using, a woody weed herbicide I imagine. Triclopyr is quite expensive though, most woody weedkillers tend to be.

dungfungus 4:28 pm 24 May 12

DrKoresh said :

What is actually wrong with willows? 😐 I quite like them, aesthetically speaking.

Yeah. Soon the Greens will demand that the “W” word be expunged from the Australian lexicon.
That famous children’s book about Mr Toad and his mates will be renamed “Wind in The Casurinas”

dungfungus 3:21 pm 24 May 12

Thumper said :

neanderthalsis said :

dungfungus said :

Why are they not eradicating the trout as well?

Because trout taste better than willows.

I dunno, I quite like a fine slap up fried willow.

Does anyone know what the poison is that they use and do they submit an EIS and carry out a risk assessment?
Nothing like a feed of “traut a la Triclopyr”

DrKoresh 3:14 pm 24 May 12

What is actually wrong with willows? 😐 I quite like them, aesthetically speaking.

Thumper 2:58 pm 24 May 12

neanderthalsis said :

dungfungus said :

Why are they not eradicating the trout as well?

Because trout taste better than willows.

I dunno, I quite like a fine slap up fried willow.

EvanJames 2:35 pm 24 May 12

Smart jurisdictions (eg Bungendore) are planting desirable trees, and when they’re established, THEN they’re going to remove the weeping willows. The ACT tree police are somewhat fanatical however, and are focussed on eradicating all “bad” trees. Effect on the riverbanks, the waterways, the platypus, well, those are details.

shirty_bear 2:25 pm 24 May 12

“opportunities for community planting days” … wtf?? Read “opportunities for people to come and do ACTGovCo’s job for them, unpaid”.

The pillocks running the show continue to disguise their idiocy poorly.

enrique 2:07 pm 24 May 12

MERC600 said :

I wonder why they are such a heinous tree here, and others don’t give a rats.

Willingness to acknowlege and deal with the problem might have a lot to do with the fact that we’ve got relatively fewer rivers running through quite a small stretch of land compared to other states – a.k.a. cost.

MERC600 1:09 pm 24 May 12

They would have a busy 10 years or so removing willows along the Murray between Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge. I wonder why they are such a heinous tree here, and others don’t give a rats. And yes as EvanJames says, what about erosion.

EvanJames 12:32 pm 24 May 12

They’ve been at it again at the upper end of the Molonglo too, at the entrance to Qbn northern end. They got most of them last time, and recently cleaned up the survivors. They’ve somehow mulched the wood into quite big bits and spread it where the river goes under that high bridge… if anyone’s after some firewood for their heater, there’s heaps there.

It’s going to rain quite a bit today and tomorrow, so the increased water flow should do great things for the shape of the riverbank, now it has nothing to hold it together.

neanderthalsis 11:25 am 24 May 12

dungfungus said :

Why are they not eradicating the trout as well?

Because trout taste better than willows.

dungfungus 10:41 am 24 May 12

Why are they not eradicating the trout as well?

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