Possible benefits from fence and exclude from grazing

1.         Production
There are no production opportunities from this solution – by definition, livestock are excluded.  Samphire should not be grazed because of the extremely high salt concentration in the leaves, and the land supporting this saltland system will be very fragile.

2.         Conservation and amenity
Improvement in visual amenity and erosion control are likely to be the primary motivations behind farmers revegetating this highly to extremely saline and waterlogged land.  Under suitable conditions (extreme salinity and high waterlogging), samphire will colonise the site and provide groundcover which can be a significant improvement to visual amenity. 

Samphire is a native and therefore has some biodiversity value in its own right.  Salt paperbark and swamp sheoak provide habitat, particularly for birds, and other highly salt tolerant species can support an associated animal community.

3.         $$’s
As there are no prospects of financial returns, the financial focus within this saltland solution will be on the cost of fencing off the site.  Large sites are cheaper per hectare to fence, while small and irregular shaped saltland areas can be challenging.

Fences have two sides, so fencing out a saltland area can increase subdivision and allow more intensive grazing management in adjoining paddocks.

Community co-investment is available in some catchments where CMAs or NRM Bodies are interested in promoting the protection of vulnerable land classes and biodiversity.

 

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