Call for Landholders to submit requests for trees

Landholders between Mts Buninyong and Warrenheip are encouraged to submit requests for tree seedlings.  It is not too late!

This enables requirements for the area to be consolidated and all necessary arrangements for their planting made in a timely manner. It is aimed to use seed of local provenance and the nurseries need to know what seedlings are required. Soil preparation is also ideally done some months in advance of planting.

The Tree Order form is attached as a pdf for printing and posting, or a Word document you can email.  Please contact Roger MacRaild Landcare Facilitator if you have any queries.

 

On-ground work 

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New sites have been identified for 2015 planting for the Koala Trail project, and some trees will need to be replanted (chemical burn) from last year's planting program.

The bush on Mt Warrenheip is reportedly recovering very slowly from the fires of 2012 and there is a rabbit problem too.

As you can read in our September media release and 3rd newsletter, Landcare groups have sufficient resources and started with a successful planting day on Sunday 21 September to start the koala trail. 

400 trees were planted followed by a great lunch catered by the Navigators Historical Group. 

President of the Lal Lal Catchment Landcare Group, Lindsay Grey, said it was pleasing to finally start some on-ground works for the project which aims to see the number of trees doubled between Mts Warrenheip and Buninyong where there are koala colonies.

The project will help koalas migrate between the two public reserves. Mr Grey said the aim was to increase the number of trees without restricting farming practices, with trees being planted in the corner of paddocks, along fencelines, and around dams.

The Landcare groups would like to thank the Shire of Moorabool, Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Central Highlands Water for their support

 

Janine with wild koala Wilma

Janine Duffy, a long time koala researcher is advising on the program and was invited to work with the local schools and speak at the Launch.  Janine and her company Echidna Walkabout have been researching wild koalas since 1998,  identifying them by their individual nose patterns. 

Janine worked with enthusiastic students earlier in the day at St Brendans Catholic School at Dunnstown, and Warrenheip Primary School, including teaching them how to identify individual koalas by the markings around their noses. 

[on right] Janine with wild koala Wilma, one of the well known koalas in the research program. 

Record all your Koala sightings!

The local community is encouraged to take photographs, particularly of their noses if possible and a longer shot of the koala in its tree which helps with identification.  

Please log any Koala sightings on Atlas of Living Australia website at http://www.ala.org.au/ so we can monitor the progress over the years.

 

 Map of the project

Koalas don’t necessarily travel in a straight line, but follow a source of food. The shaded area in the map is where the landcare group is hoping to plant thickets of native trees to help the koalas migrate between Mts Buninyong and Warrenheip.

 Landowners in the area are encouraged to contact the Landcare group if they have small areas where trees may be planted. Contact  Lindsay Grey, President on 0409 956 512.

 

Background

The project had been proposed some years ago but never proceeded. The fires on Mount Warrenheip in 2012 highlighted the plight of koalas trapped in a small pocket of bushland, with at least one death recorded. As the mountain recovers from the fire, we need to have new animals migrate in but the open farm land in between the two mountains presents a considerable challenge and risk for koalas.

The landcare groups have formed a working group to oversee the project. The group is seeking businesses, farmers, and corporations to support the project which is expected to take up to five years to complete.