River tour a valuable teacher

Students from St Johns College Woodlawn (pictured) recently got a first-hand look at how different management initiatives are helping improve the health of the Richmond River, as part of a special tour hosted by Lismore City Council.

Lismore Councils catchment management officer, Vanessa Tallon, said the free tours are a great way to show students what practical measures can be taken to protect the fragile catchment environment.

These year 11 students are studying earth and environmental science, and the tour was perfect for showing them local problems and solutions, she said. The students got a close up look at remnant riparian vegetation, Landcare sites and endangered ecological communities. They saw changing land use on the floodplain as they followed the river, checked out a wetland remediation project, and then learnt about floodgates and acid sulphate soil management.

Weather permitting, the tours usually include a 4.2km canoe trip on the Wilsons River as well as a bus ride, and are funded by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.

Tour dates are still available for high schools in the Lismore area. Teachers who want to make a booking should phone Vanessa on 6625 0572 (Tuesday to Thursday).

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