Wurneet Laang Laang is nestled in the hills of South Gippsland just 1.5 hours from Melbourne. In June 2016, Greenfleet planted 50,000 native seedlings on the 66-hectare site, with another 4,000 following in 2019.
The property was named ‘Wurneet Laang Laang’, meaning stony creek/river in the Boon Wurrung language. The Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation are the traditional people and custodians of the lands from the Werribee River to Wilson Promontory in Victoria. The name is very fitting for the landscape and acknowledges the traditional owners of the land and long history of the place.
Two unique ecosystems previously existed on the property; EVCs (Ecological Vegetation Classes). As a result of decades of farming and agriculture, the Wet Forest EVC has been depleted while the Damp Forest is endangered, with less than 10% of the original spread remaining.
Our reforestation projects aim to replicate the native land that once existed. Supporting the return of nature ecosystems brings balance back to the land and preserves biodiversity. At Wurneet Laang Laang, we strategically planted the native seedlings amongst the hills to achieve the best results.
This forest will also be an excellent place for bird watching. Already, the trees growing on this property are providing homes to native birds such as the Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides) which is pictured here. You can also find the Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) and Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa). throughout. Perfect for the return of native animals and insects.
Additional to this, in 2019 Stzrezlecki Koalas were found living in the three year old trees on the property. The Greenfleet team were very excited to discover this in a site visit in November of this year.
Most of our reforestation projects are funded by individuals and organisations who donate to offset their carbon emissions. When we receive a carbon offset donation, we have a commitment to plant enough trees to create a forest that will absorb the amount of carbon dioxide our supporter wants to offset. So it’s no wonder that the carbon potential of each site is crucial for our projects!
Our forestry team uses FullCAM, the National Carbon Accounting Tool developed by CSIRO, to determine the amount of carbon that will be stored in our future forest on every potential site. Due to the mix of native flora species and high rainfall in this part of Victoria, Gippsland is considered as a high carbon yield area. Over its lifetime, our magnificent forest at Wurneet Laang Laang will capture 84,000 tonnes of CO2-e. That's the equivalent of removing 19,500 cars from the road for a whole year!