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Unit 7 - The saltland toolbox
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UNIT 7

The saltland toolbox

 

Unit 7 presents the array of tools available to assist with understanding and managing saltland sites and saltland pastures.


In Unit 7 there are 6 ‘sections’:

 

7.1

Measuring salinity?

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While there are general symptoms that indicate the presence of dryland salinity, the severity, the extent and the variability can be assessed by direct and indirect measurements and from common indicator species.

 
7.2

Understanding saltland capability.

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Saltland capability is a term developed by the CRC Salinity to describe the ability of a salt affected site to support plant growth. The concept has been applied to all the major salinity regions across Australia to help asses and understand the indicators, the recommended pasture systems, and the productive potential for the range of saltland situations.

 
7.3

Managing surface water.

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Most saline sites have a combination of salinity and waterlogging that collectively effect saltland pasture performance and thereby determine saltland capability.  There are options for managing both surface water and groundwater to increase the capability of a site.

 
7.4

All the options for utilising saline land and water.

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The OPUS (Options for the Productive Use of Salinity) project provided a comprehensive review of all the opportunities that might exist to utilise salt affected land and water.  These include agriculture (primarily saltland pastures), forestry and horticulture, fish and algae, and mineral harvesting and energy. 

 
7.5

Pasture and revegetation options.

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The best available information about the full range of saltland pasture options has been synthesised into 11 ‘Saltland Solutions’.  These are summarised here, but Saltland Genie can assist you to explore and compare all the options and when you are ready, Genie can help you match a solution to your particular saline site.

 
7.6

Glossary.

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There are lots of technical terms used across this website that need some explaining.