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If you travelled for three hours from Perth in a north east direction you would reach Koorda, a town situated at the south west corner of the Mount Marshall shire. The area was first settled in the 1880’s and used for pastoralist holdings. Today the land is used by many broad acre wheat and sheep producing growers, like the Harrap’s. Barry and Beverley Harrap had been awaiting an opportunity like the Wheatbelt NRM Soil Conservation Incentives Program to assist them in implementing their farm revegetation plans. A couple of years ago they completed a farm plan and through this process they identified multiple areas where they would progressively like to revegetation. So in 2012 they applied to have three adjoining paddocks that were suffering from wind and water erosion planted with alleys of oil mallee (Eucalyptus lox. liss.). “These paddocks had poor soil health and productivity was below average”, Barry said. “We wanted to plant alleys to protect the soil from wind blow, and also provide corridors for wildlife by connecting them to remnant vegetation and existing block plantings”. Another reason alley plantings were the best option for the Harrap’s was because they intended to continue conventionally cropping their paddocks.

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