City students get hands dirty

30 Jul, 2012 12:06 PM
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EIGHTEEN year 12 students from Warnbro Community High School visited Wagin earlier this month on an excursion to learn about inland salinity.

The Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone, along with landholder Joan Matthews, hosted the group at the site on Queerearrup Road south-west of Wagin.

The students successfully planted over 4000 native seedlings which is part of the Linking the Lakes project designed to carry out on ground works to improve the catchment into the Lake Queerearrup.

It is also the site of a Department of Environment and Conservation offset planting for a surface drain built through the valley floor of chain gully.

Teacher Mr Phillip Matthews said the visit was designed as a salinity field tour where the students learn about salinisation, how clearing has impacted the landscape, types of vegetation and how to test for salinity in water and soil as well as compare areas of high and low salinity.

Wagin Woodanilling Landcare zone Danielle Perrie said they haven’t had much experience in hosting older students so it was great to host a school from the city.

“All the students showed a keen interest in learning about the issues that we face including waterlogging and salinity as well about our general biodiversity,” Miss Perrie said.

“It was very hands-on and we are excited about the school coming back in future years.”

Property owner Joan Matthews said some of the students had not seen this part of the country so it was a pleasure to have them out at home to learn about agricultural production, local biodiversity and salinity.

“The students camped out under the stars and a full moon, the sunrise didn’t disappoint and thankfully students were well prepared for the weather with gumboots and extra layers for warmth,” she said.

The Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone is also hosting the Our Lady of Good Counsel for the fourth year at Terry Davey’s place on August 2 and 3.

The school will visit the site they planted last year to see how the trees have grown since then.

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