Livestock Fencing in Riparian Areas 
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The Veins of Life
Watershed Society


Protecting Riparian areas with livestock fencing



In February 2001, the Veins of Life undertook a livestock fencing project in the local watershed.
The fence is designed to keep sheep from overgrazing the riparian area which is harmful to the streamís health.The fence will also reduce the harmful fecal coloform runoff produced by the sheep from further contamination. The project was supported by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans working in partnership with local rural residents.


A. Training and Planning

The crew gathered information through independent researching and developed a plan for a 158 metre fence to run 2.5 mtrs off the stream's edge.  Team supervisors introduced the crew to safety precautions regarding fecal coloform contaminents and the possiblity of human threat.

B.  Equipment Used

Hand held post pounder, hammers, 'come along' pulley, fencing tools, fence level, hatchet, handsaw, plyers, PPE.

C.  Construction of the Fence

To ensure a straight fence the team strung a line of barbed wire between two end posts and eyeballed for accuracy.  Using the post pounder the team proceeded to pound 59 7ft posts into the ground to provide the frame for the page wire fencing.

Figure 1: The one and only post pounder.  "Check yer head"

Figure 2: Straight as an arrow and ready to be fenced.

Figure 4: "Clever tools for clever monkies!"

D. Conclusion

With the fence in place after 3 full days, this area of the watershed is ready for phase two of restoration. Please visit the Willow Wattling and Live Staking page for information on this restoration technique. 

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