Carbon sequestration through improved Landscape Function
The Australian Government has recently announced that Stipa has been successful in obtaining funding to run a 3 year project titled "Soil Carbon sequestration through landscape function improvement". This project is funded under the Carbon Farming Futures - Action on the Ground Program.
In this project, we are using Landscape Function Analysis (LFA) to help us judge when and how to use Planned Grazing and pasture cropping to improve our resources. Landscape Function describes the ability of an area to infiltrate water and cycle nutrients into the soil and reduce erosion.
Due to the overwhelming success of the WeaLtH Project Incentive Funding for Wire & Water and Machinery Conversion we have met our targets and exhausted our funds.
As part of the roll out the WeaLtH ( Promoting Whole Landscape Health) Project across Central West NSW, Stipa employed two project officers and offered a range of workshops, including:
Stress Free Stockmanship
Native Grass Identification
Advanced Pasture Cropping
Saltbush Establishment & Management
The WeaLtH Project was funded by the Central West CMA as part of the NSW and Australian Government's National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.
Stipa would like to thank everyone for their interest and support in attending the WealLtH workshops. The workshops were well attended and we hope to receive similar funding in the near future to enable us to conduct similar workshops for a wider audience.
DROUGHT PREPAREDNESS PROJECT
Providing options post-rain...
Stipa joined forces with the Central West Catchment Management Authority (NSW) to conduct the Drought Preparedness Project. This project was designed to offer a series of free workshops for all landholders and community members.
The workshops focused on drought relevant topics and aimed to best prepare attendees to manage drought conditions before, during and after periods of drought.
Pasture identification & management
Water supply planning
Focus on the future of farming
The workshops were conducted within the five sub-regions of the Central West Catchment and ran until the end of June 2008.