Kulwin rests among the red soils and undulating ridges of the Cobar Peneplain in NSW. It’s been run as a sheep grazing enterprise by Jenni and Bernard Rogers since 2003, but an influx of feral goats and rogue stock from surrounding areas was playing havoc with the land, leading to soil erosion, gully damage, and the destruction of precious native habitat.
The Rogers decided to take action, working with GreenCollar to instigate a Human-Induced Regeneration to reinstate native forest of Bimble Box, Coolabah, Rosewood, Punty Bush and Hopbush, and fund much-needed upgrades to infrastructure on the farm.
Since establishing the project, the Rogers’ have been able to invest in repairs to previously unusable fence lines, and install new trap yards to control the numbers of feral goats. Regeneration of saplings is increasing ground cover, which is stabilising the soils and reducing topsoil disturbance, which in turn improves water retention within the land. Jenni is particularly excited about how the project will impact the health of their gullies, helping to reduce run off and soil erosion.
The regenerating forest is becoming a haven for local wildlife including rare Hopping Mice, Bush Rats, Carpet Pythons and Bearded Dragons among others. As Jenni says “the project is good for everything and good for us”.
Human Induced Regeneration of a Permanent Even-Aged Forest 1.1 methodology (2013)