Project Description

Tim Berryman is at the coalface of restoration, developing strategies and processes to reinstate grassy understory local plant assemblages on mine rehabilitation sites. This presentation outines the who, what, where, when, why and how of grassy understory restoration. Tim discusses the importance of partnerships and the need to push the boundaries in order to develop new processes and understanding.

Topic Mins: seconds
Introduction / overview
Coal & Allied project 01:43
Cumberland plain project

General approach to seeding, weed control, large scale work

03:33
Legislation / coal industry and social obligation 05:17
Building capacity for large seed supply and rehab 06:20
Why restore understory from seed? 07:07
Ecological function of native grassy understorey 07:51
Carbon sequestration 08:10
Soil and water conservation 10.04
Drought tolerance 10.52
Previous rehab emphasis on trees or pasture 11:43
43 species selected 12:42
Partnership and capacity building 13:15
Overview of sites 13:51
Management of remnants for seed supply, grazing burning, disturbance 14:26
Seed orchards on degraded farmland 16:46
Seed harvesting equipment / yields 17:36
Drying and sorting seed 18:28
Challenges of sowing understorey seed 19:01
Seed processing 21:11
Rehab approaches: topsoil, spoil, drill, weed control. 23:33
Preparation and sowing equipment, drill hydroseeder 25:09
Results on various sites Hunter Valley and Sydney 25:37
Limitations imposed by contracts, importance of partnerships 27:08
Credits 28:03

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