The Kachana Millennium Project
Project Outline and Purpose
The purpose is to highlight how fire (to right); large animals (centre) and the absence of these (to left) are in fact major influences in the shaping of our landscapes and that in many broader landscape situations the interplay of these three influences have had / still have a far greater impact than mechanical and/or chemical inputs and/or the (trans)planting of species (humans excepted).
We invite external monitoring of what is taking place.
We now also conduct Soil Foodweb monitoring each year. For this we chose the dry season, because it is considered that eco-system function is then generally at it's lowest. It is however also considered that in our latitude with an annual average rainfall in the region of 750 mm there should be viable ecological activity throughout the year. This is what we are managing for and therefore it is of interest to us:
- What do our biological foundations look like?
- Have they the capacity to function?
- What activity is taking place when nature is asleep in the cooler drier months?
- What can we achieve with proactive management?
- Can we achieve perennially viable eco-system function in this area with minimal external inputs?
- How important are land-type and/or soil-type, versus management?
- How do we better assess the role that large animals could play in these landscapes?
We share our results with other Land Managers and at Landscape Management Workshops
To date this project has been privately funded by the Waser and Henggeler Families. Obliging volunteers have assisted with the taking of soil-samples, web-page construction, cattle-movements, fire exclusion and other associated chores. Dr Elaine Ingham kindly donated one round of soil-sampling.
Kachana Pastoral Company is now looking for long-term financial sponsors for this high-profile project.