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Pilbara Corridors pasture identification workshops across the Fortescue catchment

The Pilbara Corridors project went on a travelling roadshow last month to deliver a series of pasture identification workshops to local cattle stations across the Fortescue catchment.

With Western Australia’s arid shrubland plant guru Andrew Mitchell leading the team, the one day practical, hands-on workshops gave pastoralists and other land mangers the opportunity to discuss and identify different types of native pasture species readily grazed by their cattle such as various herbs, grasses and shrubs.  It also provided an avenue to learn key characteristics of some of the main native plant families in the Pilbara.

The first day of the workshops began at Yarraloola station near Pannawonica on 12 April then continued onto Mulga Downs with the workshops ending at Ethel Creek near Newman on 16 April.

Forty people attended, with the majority of these people representing 15 different cattle stations with some pastoralists travelling from southern catchments to attend the workshops.

“The workshops were very well received and it was a great opportunity for pastoralists to share their knowledge and have discussions with such an iconic plant specialist such as Andrew Mitchell,” Greening Australia’s Pilbara Corridor’s Project Coordinator Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross said.

It also provided an opportunity for other stations to catch up with each other at a central location.

The Pilbara Corridors Project is a partnership between Rangelands NRM, Greening Australia and the Department of Parks and Wildlife funded by the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund.

Image: Participants at the Pasture ID workshop (© Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross)