Passion for farm land conservation lands Kahl family first project

Wee Waa: Kahl family's property first to host project with Landcare Australia and Country Road

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LOVE THE LAND: Wee Waa farmers James Kahl, Daniel Kahl and Dr Shane Norrish, CEO of Landcare Australia. Photo: supplied.

LOVE THE LAND: Wee Waa farmers James Kahl, Daniel Kahl and Dr Shane Norrish, CEO of Landcare Australia. Photo: supplied.

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Country Road has committed $600,000 over three years to support the conservation of farming landscapes.

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Daniel Kahl is a third generation Australian farmer who has a love of the land in his blood, so it makes sense for his family's Wee Waa property to play host to the first effort of a collaborative project.

Landcare Australia has teamed up with the fashion label Country Road to work towards establishing biodiversity and conserving farm land in a long-haul mission over three years.

Country Road has committed $600,000 over three years to support the conservation of farming landscapes.

This rather unique partnership will see biodiversity restoration projects undertaken across Australian farmlands, with support from the Australian cotton industry.

Country Road managing director Elle Roseby said they hope to support Australian farmers.

"We have a role to play in protecting what matters and using our platform to benefit Australia's natural landscapes," she said.

The Kahl family has already started the first project, having planted already planted 2000 trees near the river, with the next lot set for a May planting.

"I think the big benefit from this project and working with an organisation like Landcare and having the brand recognition of Country Road, hopefully what this project will do is help us share the story of the responsibility our industry has," he explained.

"And that is that we accept and take quite seriously, the care of the environments in which we are farming. That's what I'd like to see."

But the property isn't starting with a clean slate.

Mr Kahl said there is already a great range of flora and fauna which is set to be amplified and increased even further by the project.

As far as carbon orders go, the reporting they've had done shows they are already carbon negative, which is a good thing - but more carbon excretions are always better.

"If you are not looking after the land you are not and won't be able to farm very well."

Landcare Australia CEO Dr Shane Norrish said Landcare Australia was very proud to launch this partnership.

"The projects will help to restore local ecosystems and contribute to the sustainable management and productivity of the landscape," he said.

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The story Passion for farm land conservation lands Kahl family first project first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.

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