Setaria (Setaria sphacelata var. sericea) is a legacy of the grazing era, a highly invasive grass of wetlands and a very persistent weed which makes it difficult to treat. The Firesticks Project is supporting Minyumai IPA in managing the weed through the establishment of an ongoing trial to determine the optimum method of removal and to trigger regeneration of the site’s native vegetation. The trials involve two treatments applied to a previously cleared open paddock: spray and burn followed by spot spraying- and spray only. Spraying is also being trialled in regrowth forest (see map). The trials in the open paddock will also include native seed collection for direct seeding and raising of tubestock.
Treatment of up to 12 ha of Setaria-dominated country (both regrowth and cleared areas) is being funded collaboratively by Firesticks, the Federal Government’s Indigenous Protected Area Program and the NSW government’s Environmental Trust (the latter over a 3 year period). This trial is a significant part of Minyumai’s fire management strategy and knowledge gained through this work will enable the Minyumai Team to manage weeds effectively using fire and also help prevent severe wildfires by reducing the fuel hazard these grasses create.