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Fighting salt for the future

(1986) Fighting salt for the future. The Observer, 13 August 1986. p. 18 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Much of John and Lyn Chadwick's time is spent trying to combat salt. Although only 150 acres of their 3,300 acre Nomans Lake farm has a salt problem, 40 acres reasonably severely, the Chadwicks feel all of their farm is affected to some degree and say if they do not work on the bit of salt they have now it will spread. Mr Chadwick said their main problem is waterlogging, once the plants die, the problem of a rising water table bringing salt to the surface is exacerbated. They fenced, grader-built ridges and planted trees and saltbush to 42 hectares last year and to 52 hectares this year. They are members of the North Toolibin Lake Catchment Conservation Group and half their trees were supplied free from Alcoa. Last year children from Wickepin, Narrogin, East Narrogin Primary Schools, Narrogin Senior High School and the Agricultural College planted 23,000 trees around Lake Toolibin and 3.500 on the Chadwick's property.

This article contains an image of John Chadwick, Megan Chadwick and Lyn Chadwick examining saltbush on their property.

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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 Observer
Notes: 1 newspaper cipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/59591
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