Land clearing & habitat fragmentation

  • Clearing in riparian zones (30m from perennial and ephemeral waterways), has a very high impact, with erosion run-off going directly into the waterway, and unstable soil resulting in erosion heads that are difficult to reverse.  
  • Cleared areas are more likely to become weed infested, and the waterway will transport seeds to areas downstream.
  • Our driveways tend to become muddy rivers during the wet season– try to avoid crossing drainage lines.  Consider a causeway if you need to, although this will often result in the fragmentation of aquatic habitats and alter stream flow patterns.  See our Driveways Fact Sheet for more information.

Roads may be a source of stream pollution and increased sediment load.  Drive slowly on unsealed roads to reduce your ‘dust cloud’.