The Challenge
Producing sheep under a profitable business model, while faced with drought and wild dogs
The Location
Edah Station, Yalgoo, WA Rangelands
The Method
Human-Induced Regeneration
The Outcome
Angus and Toby Nichols have been on Edah for five years. They came to the area in search of a pastoral land lease in the southern rangelands that was appropriate for an ecologically focused approach to management and found the area of the Murchison had this to offer.

The decision to develop a carbon project on Edah came from a desire to generate extra income by means that would not damage the property’s ecology. Angus and Toby felt that a carbon project provided a financial reward for managing in a way that encouraged natural regeneration of vegetation.

By having a carbon project, Angus and Toby have felt that it has “taken the pressure off” in terms of making stocking decisions – meaning they are more confident in de-stocking when needed and only commence re-stocking when Edah’s ecosystem is able to support grazing.

Working with Select Carbon has given Angus and Toby an opportunity to diversify their income and take care of their land. They have enjoyed being a part of a highly motivated team, who have worked with them to ensure the success of the project and to build the health of the land.

A carbon project provides financial reward for managing the place with the goal of encouraging regeneration.

Toby Nichols


KEY IMPACTS FROM THE PROJECT

Social:

Helping return the business into the black – profitable farms have positive knock-on effects within the local community by encouraging employment and supporting retail and service industries.

Environment:

Incentivised management of total grazing pressure – plant growth is encouraged, water is retained in the landscape and soil health is improved.

Economic:

Provided another source of income that does not compete with other enterprises – the project is symbiotic with Angus and Toby’s management and in due course will enhance their profitability and productivity.


Promoting ecosystems health on Edah