Growing koala habitat in Gippsland
Wednesday 14th of April 2021
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Cloudy sky with green rolling hill and established native forest.
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Victoria's Gippsland, located on Boonwurrung Country, has excellent climatic conditions when it comes to native reforestation. Since 1997, Greenfleet has planted a number of native forests in this region which are growing to restore ecosystems and create habitat for wildlife, including our beloved Koalas. 

One such property, Ness Creek was originally cleared for cattle and sheep grazing in the early 20th century, it is now home to a productive free-range egg farm. The farm owners contacted Greenfleet with an interest in reforesting the vast areas of their land that were no longer needed for grazing. 

First planted in 2016, Greenfleet has now revegetated over 40 hectares with native trees planted along the side of the creek, on the hills, and shelterbelts of the property. Reforestation efforts are planned to be continued in 2021.  

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While providing a habitat for the animal species native to this area, the forest at Ness Creek is also helping to improve water quality by providing water-filtration benefits. The site sits adjacent to a reservoir and the plantings on the steep hillside of the property will assist in securing the slope and limiting run-off into the reservoir.  

Another forest growing in this region is called Wurneet Laang Laang. Located on a 66-hectare property, we began revegetating this area in 2016 and Strzelecki Koalas have already began calling these young trees home. We are excited to watch as this forest continues to provide habitat long into the future.  

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Across these two properties, more than thirty native species have been planted including Mountain Grey Gum (Eucalyptus cypellocarpa), Hop Goodenia (Goodenia ovata) and Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca ericafolia). Some of these trees have already grown an impressive 8 metres in their 4 years and the forests are already home to wallabies and countless birds and will continue providing a much-needed habitat for wildlife such as koalas and sugar gliders.  

Both of these forests are protected for 100 years which means they will continue providing environmental benefits for generations to come.