Located west of Kerang, this permanently saline wetland is surrounded by a lunette with areas of Black Box on the higher ground and salt indicator species occurring around the high water mark. This wetland has been changed since European settlement due to clearing of deep- rooting species, irrigation practices and a reduction in ‘flushing’ events. The adjacent land use includes cropping.
Vegetation Description and Composition
Sites on this saline wetland support Woodland dominated by Eucalyptus largiflorens (Black Box) on the higher ground, with a herbaceous layer dominated by members of the Chenopodiaceae and Poaceae Families. The site has a high proportion of introduced species in the herbaceous layer (almost 70% of species present in 2001/2002, but now reduced to 55%) including several pasture weeds. Salt indicator species are in large numbers and continue to make up at times over 50% of species present (eight species noted in Quadrat A and five in Quadrat B.) Abundance of introduced species has been reduced, while the drought tolerant native species are more stable in numbers. Overall there has been a minimal change in the vegetation survey results, when dry seasonal conditions are considered, compared to previous vegetation data. Tree health remains in decline.