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22 May 2019

Forest update: Wurneet Laang Laang and Battery Creek

Forest update: Wurneet Laang Laang and Battery Creek

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There is no doubt that we’re incredibly lucky at Greenfleet! While we work hard to take climate action everyday, one of the most rewarding parts of what we do is seeing how that hard work is paying off.

Recently, Steve and Nikki from our Forestry team visited two of our Victorian sites to monitor our growing forests. We thought we’d share an update with you, so you can see the impact we are achieving with your support.

Battery Creek

Located in South Gippsland, Battery Creek is a long-term project for Greenfleet. Between 1999 and 2009, more than 44,000 trees were planted across 39 hectares in partnership with South Gippsland Water. And the results are incredible.

before and after photo of Battery Creek in Victoria

As a first time visitor to Battery Creek, Nikki shared that, “it was amazing to see the contrast between the land that Greenfleet has planted and the farming land nearby”. Steve added that after so many years there are now, “huge trees creating large canopies” throughout the forest.

Increased biodiversity is another indication that our forests are doing well. At the time of planting, Steve Evans, Managing Director of South Gippsland Water, was looking forward to re-joining the “fragmented habitat” of the region’s Lyrebird population. The forest is also home to other species such as kangaroos and wallabies and a new insect species was even discovered here in 2013! On the most recent visit, the team were thrilled to identify a number of wombat holes throughout the forest.

Nikki looking up at the trees in Battery Creek

The forest has been growing for more than 10 years now and we’re really looking forward to seeing how it continues to develop in the years to come. You can read more about Battery Creek, here.

Wurneet Laang Laang

Wurneet Laang Laang is also located in  South Gippsland, about an hour and a half out of Melbourne. Planted originally in 2016, we’re now seeing incredible growth all over this 66-hectare property and wildlife is returning to the site.

A photo of Wurneet Laang Laang with the Greenfleet Ute

This forest is a favourite site among the Greenfleet team for spotting creatures great and small. With cameras installed throughout the property, we often get glimpses of what happens when we’re not around. On a visit earlier this year, Steve discovered one of our tiny friends calling one of these camera boxes home. Below you, can see a little frog that gave him quite a surprise!

a frog sitting in a camera box at Wurneet Laang Laang

Greenfleet has been working with researcher Cara Sambell for a number of years at Wurneet Laang Laang. Cara’s studies focus on birds in the Strzelecki region, many of which inhabit this site. While she usually focuses on the birdlife, we were very excited recently to find out that she had spotted a wallaby calling our trees home. This is the first time we’ve seen a wallaby in this forest, which demonstrates even more that the biodiversity is increasing in the area.

Wallaby spotted at Wurneet Laang Laang

You can read more about our work at Wurneet Laang Laang, here.

Hopefully, this gives you small insight into how some of our forests are growing. We’re incredibly grateful for our supporters who make this work possible, and who enable us to continue taking crucial climate action through our work every day.

You can support revegetation projects such as these by donating to our 2019 Tax Appeal. As little as $45 can help us plant 10 native trees and begin rebuilding vital habitat for our wildlife. Donate now.  

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