November 22, 2012

A cleansing fire through Ramsay

Well the saga starts with the Cambooya Landcare Lantana Busters "doing their bit". Taking lantana "out by the roots". Since starting this project 28Nov11 the "sometimes 6 of us" working Monday AM "starts" (with smoko) have cleared about 5 acres.
Well the project is to "take lantana" and what would have happened to that outed lantana, I'll confess I didn't know. Not so our member Thea who liased with the school and local Fire Brigade to produce a result from this!
"Clean as a whistle"! That's Cambooya Rural Fire Brigade for you!

Now we will be approaching Our Condamine Alliance (the biggest environmental mob in town) to monitor the "comeback" of lantana on this land and results will be published through this medium. So lets look at more "Before and After"

 The school has an outdoor auditorium "from years ago" buried in the lantana
There were many of these type lantana clumps in the landscape. But now!

Note how "clean" the burn was, not a scorch mark on the seats of the auditorium (on the left in photo)
So now is a chance to see if the "old ways" were efficent. In the 1940's / 50's I "destroyed weeds" by digging them out (Mum's direction). Had to keep doing it, but we grew a lot of veges! Now this wasn't acres, but it was productive ground!
Consider, a bunch of retirees stroll into a paddock stiff with lantana, been infesting / degrading the land for 100 years? And they bowl over say 5 acres in 6 months of Monday AM starts which includes smoko!
That should be qualified!

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