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Trees beat a salty problem

(1986) Trees beat a salty problem. The Weekly, 2 July 1986. [Publication] [Special Collections]


A soil desalination experiment has yielded dramatic results years ahead of schedule and ultimately could benefit thousands of Victorian farmers. The desalination experiment has stopped salt in groundwater from destroying the best paddocks of four sheep and cropping farms at Bourkes Flat near St. Arnaud. The solution was to plant 9,000 trees on a U-shaped rocky ledge which was catching rainwater and pushing up the water table hundreds of metres away. Conservation, Forests and Lands Department advisory officer, John Beadle said the results were achieved much faster than predicted when the project began in 1983. Bill Roger, one of the participating farmers said that the result was more surprising as the trees were planted as seedlings and are still under two metres tall.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1986 The Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58400
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