Ploughshare, VIC

Bridging the biodiversity gap between two natural reserves

Named "Ploughshare" after the Ploughshare Wattle (Acacia gunnii) found in the area, this forest is playing a vital role in biodiversity protection while building habitat for native wildlife. Located in Wedderburn, Victoria, this project is creating a native vegetation corridor between neighbouring properties, like the missing piece of the puzzle.

The planting site adjoins many properties in the region, which are all working to restore the land and fill the gaps in vegetation to build crucial wildlife habitat. These properties include Skinners Flat reserve, the Woosang Block and Wychitella Nature Conservation Reserve. It also adjoins Nardoo Hills Reserve where Greenfleet is working on an innovative climate ready research project with Bush Heritage Australia.

In 2009, Greenfleet direct seeded native species across 262 ha of the property with the aim to create a resilient and biodiverse forest. More than 10 years on, the forest is growing well, and you can see the incredible growth below.

Drone footage of Ploughshare taken in 2020, 11 years after the property was seeded.

The Ploughshare site is managed by Biolinking Australia, who in conjunction with Greenfleet, regularly monitors the progress of this planting.  During monitoring visits weeds, rabbits and hares are controlled, fences monitored and repaired if necessary, and germination inspected.

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The property was sown with a Burford Direct Seeding machine, using mixtures of locally indigenous species according to the three predominant Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs) found on the site.

Species include Gold Dust Wattle (Acacia acinacea), Grey Mulga (Acacia brachybotrya) and Slaty She-Oak (Allocasuarina muelleriana). We also planted Kamarooka Mallee (Eucalyptus froggattii) which is a rare species listed as threatened on the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

The namesake of the property, Ploughshare, is a native wattle (pictured) that grows only to about a metre high. Its scientific name is Acacia gunnii and it is also commonly known as Dog’s Tooth Wattle. This species is endemic to south-eastern Victoria and is found on this property.

Following best reforestation practice, Greenfleet focuses on planting local provenance. Using local seed, adapted to local environmental conditions, provides trees the best chance of survival.  Local seed utilised for Ploughshare was sourced from  Wedderburn, Wehla, Mt Korong, St Arnaud, Laurie Forest, Inglewood, Barrakee, Gre Gre, Kingower and Wooroonook.

As these trees continue to grow into a biodiverse forest, they are capturing carbon from the atmosphere and taking critical climate action. Over its lifetime, the forest will capture nearly 70,000 tonnes of CO2-e. This is about what 16,200 average vehicles emit in Australia each year.

 

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Location size

262ha property in Wedderburn, north-central Victoria

Planting dates

2009

Species

  1. Acacia acinacea
  2. Acacia brachybotrya
  3. Acacia deanei
  4. Acacia euthycarpa
  5. Acacia genistifolia
  6. Acacia montana
  7. Acacia paradoxa
  8. Acacia pycnantha
  9. Acacia verniciflua
  10. Acacia williamsonii
  11. Allocasuarina luehmannii
  12. Allocasuarina muelleriana
  13. Allocasuarina verticillata   
  14. Callitris gracilis
  15. Dodonaea viscosa ssp cuneata
  16. Eucalyptus behriana
  17. Eucalyptus camaldulensis
  18. Eucalyptus froggattii
  19. Eucalyptus leucoxylon
  20. Eucalyptus melliodora
  21. Eucalyptus microcarpa
  22. Eucalyptus polybractea
  23. Eucalyptus viridis
  24. Melaleucala lanceolata
  25. Melaleuca uncinata
  26. Melaleuca wilsonii