Biodiverse Agroforestry Trials

Sheep grazing in biodiverse agricultural system

Biodiverse Agroforestry Trials

Overview
This agroforestry project aims to run a trials program focusing on projects that deliver biodiversity and production benefits. Biodiversity can benefit from landscape connectivity, buffering of remnant vegetation and inclusion of some species specifically selected for habitat or food. Production benefits from these projects may range from timber and energy production, to forage for sheep production and bush foods.
Delivery Organisation
Wheatbelt NRM
Contact

Jo Wheeler

A/Program Manager – Sustainable Industries

Phone: (08) 9670 3121

Mobile: 0419 753 248 

Email: jwheeler@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

There are a growing number of agroforestry systems being implemented by farmers across the Wheatbelt for production benefits ranging from timber & energy production to forage for sheep production. These systems have the potential of returning perennial vegetation to a significant portion of the Wheatbelt. However, many of these systems could provide greater benefits for the biodiversity of the region by further considering species selection and planting layout during the planning stages. 

 

This project therefore aims to run trial programs looking at agroforestry projects that deliver biodiversity benefits. The trials will consider landscape connectivity improvements, biodiversity conservation outcomes and better use of low productivity land. Trials activities will be defined based on consultation with industry and a review of existing agroforestry/biodiversity management practices. The project will identify opportunities for how biodiversity could be incorporated into existing agroforestry practices. Furthermore, an understanding of the trade-off between production outcomes and potential biodiversity outcomes can be used to inform public/private benefit considerations when public funding is sought to support these activities.

 

This project will run for 6 months, but it will contribute to longer term outcomes through integration with the Trials and Demonstration project. Sites that are established in biodiverse agroforestry trials project will continue to be managed and monitored until June 2018. This is based on the complimentary nature of the projects, with both projects contributing to increasing the knowledge and adoption of innovative sustainable agriculture practices.

 

The project will involve:

  • Establishment of long term monitoring sites at each of the locations
  • Publishing a literature review on biodiversity within agroforestry, to promote informed decision making
  • Propose new rating system of biodiversity within agroforestry projects
  • Publishing of results from biodiversity monitoring of 30 established agroforestry sites from the Avon River Basin.

Wheatbelt Agroforestry Biodiversity Monitoring Report

 

Wheatbelt Agroforestry Biodiversity Values