Reclaiming land in the Blue Mountain/Carmila region
The fires enabled one property holder to reclaim land in the Blue Mountain/Carmila region. The property holder had a section of their property overrun by lantana (a noxious weed) which was burnt during the fire. After becoming aware of the burn, the property holders recognised the opportunity to reclaim the land.
Within days of the fire, a helicopter was hired to drop pasture seed bombs on that part of the property. The good wet season supported the pasture’s growth and now a herd is being run on land that has not seen cattle for many years. Additionally, that section of the property is no longer infested by lantana.
This case study highlights the resilience of the property holders to seek an opportunity to reclaim useable grazing land in the aftermath of the fire and manage noxious pests.