Wednesday December 13, 2017

The Marlothii Conservancy

The Marlothii Conservancy is registered with the Mpumalanga Parks Board as an Urban Conservancy and was the first in Mpumalanga to do so. It aims to generate interest and active participation by registered land owners, accredited residents and the business community in the conservation of indigenous and endemic fauna and flora and the protection of the environment in the area based on scientific principles of nature conservation and sustainable utilization of the area's natural resources. The Conservancy exists in partnership with the Marloth Park Honorary Rangers and the Marloth Park Property Owners Association. You can see our registration certificate by clicking here and read a brief historical note by clicking here.

Unfortunately as soon as there is a game fence surrounding the area, the above does not apply and animal numbers and the type of animal needs to be controlled.

Regardless of the number of animals, moving herds leave rest periods for the grass plants to grow. The damage of 'constant nibble' is caused by confined populations or animals 'anchored' to artificial and often badly sited water points. If the grasses are not getting the required rest during the growing period then the veld management is faulted and the ecological balance of the grassland will suffer.

SO WHAT DOES THE ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS PERSON THAT LIVES IN MARLOTH PARK DO ABOUT THE LACK OF GRASS?

In one aspect it is easy to say what must NOT be done.

1.      Even though the Municipality may allow certain types of fences to be erected around part of your property it does not mean that you MUST do that. It’s quite simple, if you are concerned about the environment in Marloth Park don’t put up a fence.

2.      Do not remove the vegetation around your house. In case you have not noticed animals don’t eat sand or soil as part of their diet. (and yes I know that geophagia does exist)

3.      Do not alter this bushveld to suit your own personal needs, in fact it is the humans that need to alter their attitude and adapt to this environment.

In my opinion if the above cannot be accepted then you should not live in this type of environment but rather stay in the cities which are places that have been modified to suit a large number of human requirements.

What I find quite amazing is that when one speaks to people that have done any or all of the above they all have some “valid” reason and that what “they” have done is actually not detrimental to the environment.

 

NEXT TIME WE WILL DISCUSS THE MORE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF GROWING DIFFERENT TYPES OF GRASSES IN MARLOTH PARK.

 

 

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