Increasing Critical Food Supply

Doug Phillips
Greening Australia supported by the Australian Government through the National Landcare Programme have rolled out a major revegetation effort this year in two geographic areas on public land managed by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Drajurk State Forest near Casterton and Rennick State Forest near the South Australian border were both previously dominated by woody weeds Pinus radiata and Acacia longifolia, following control treatments sub-optimal recruitment of Eucalyptus aranacea and Eucalyptus baxteri has been observed within these public land areas meaning a reduction in the availability of a critically important food source for Red-tails. To date this year Greening Australia supported by DELWP staff have installed Eucalyptus, as well as Acacia species via tube-stock and direct seeding (using a novel deployment methodology) across approximately 350 hectares of public land.

Monitoring results since planting and direct seeding have been extremely encouraging with high tube-stock survivals and excellent germination responses in both geographic locations.  It is anticipated that an area covering 1,400 hectares will be revegetated via tube-stock and direct seeding next year, as well as a further 400 hectares in 2018.

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