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Wetlands replenished after Wunghnu blaze

Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.

April 19, 2014 5:07am

Recovery: Black Swamp two months on from February's Wunghnu Complex fire.



Last week, 600Ml was returned to Kinnairds Wetlands near Numurkah.

On Tuesday, 132Ml was returned to Black Swamp near Wunghnu.

The February fires ravaged almost 10000ha and placed the town of Wunghnu under threat.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority environmental water project officer Jo Wood said the water would help re-establish flora and fauna at the wetlands.

‘‘Both wetlands are home to nationally threatened plant populations, so it is imperative to look after these sites,’’ Ms Wood said.

‘‘We had always planned to deliver environmental water in early autumn to reflect the natural wetting regime you’d normally see at this time of the year.

‘‘However, we postponed it slightly until we had a chance to look at how the fires affected the wetlands.

‘‘In the short-term, re-establishing the understorey vegetation is vital as it provides important habitat for the many insects, reptiles, birds and mammals that feed and breed in the wetland.’’

She said there were already signs the wetlands were starting to recover.

‘‘Frogs have started laying eggs and some vegetation has already emerged and begun flowering — the recent good rain no doubt has helped,’’ Ms Wood said.

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