King Island Natural Resource Management



Waterlogging & Salinity

King Island has two projects aimed at salinity management, KISMAP & KISHAP.
These projects create a greater understanding of the processes that drive salinity in those areas that already identified as having a salt hazard
Delineate those areas that have no visible salt but have a defined potential salt hazard
Develop guidelines for land managers to pre-emptively manage potential salt hazards.


King Island Salt Hazard Assessment Project

See: Salinity and Waterlogging Control Manual for King Island's Farmland



King Island Salinity Management Action Program - Demonstration Trail.

This was an Australian Government Envirofund Project funded through the Natural Heritage Trust.
This project followed the successful Salinity Partnership Project run by the King Island Natural Resource Management Group in 2001.
The project aimed to educate the community and assist in the development of trial sites that demonstrate effective salinity management strategies on King Island.

Four sites were developed in 2003 and 2004 showing the use of:

  • drainage to improve surface water run-off
  • planting of salt tolerant pasture species in previously unpriductive salt scald areas
  • colonisation of Sarcocornia quinqueflora in a natural saline wetland
  • establishment of an artificial saline wetland with trial planting of halophtyes
  • revegetation of deeper rooted native vegetation

Sites and signage show what can be done to increase the productivity of salt affected land.

Consultant for the project, Dr Mike Walker, has overseen the implementation of project works in conjunction with landholders, Reekara Landcare Group Inc., and staff of the King Island Natural Resource Management Group Inc.

Early in 2003, Dr Walker completed a snapshot telephone survey of King Island residents, which assessed community awareness of salinity as an issue on King Island.

Brochures, a large informative sign located at Reekara Community Complex, and a three dimensional model of the Yellow Rock River catchment will allow the Project Demonstration Trail to be instructive and interesting to visitors and residents alike.
This project was supported by: NHT, Envirofund, KINRMG Inc., Reekara Landcare Group Inc., Elders/Webster