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Our Reforestation and Restoration

Although mostly cleared prior to our purchase, over the past 20+ years we have focused on re-foresting approximately one fifth of the property (20 acres).

We have planted more than 8000 trees by hand, predominantly cabinet timber species (including some rare/endangered species) and Eucalypts.

In the early years we agisted cattle and fenced the riparian zone to minimise damage. In recent years cattle and fences have been removed, and we are focused on promoting natural regrowth across the property.

While areas of the property have established eucalypt trees, we have focused on creating corridors of koala-preferred trees to facilitate movement of animals into and across the property.


We have a glass house which we are increasingly using to propagate trees and shrubs to plant on the property.

We have been fortunate to secure a number of grants in recent years to assist us with our activities and our involvement with Jiggi Catchment Landcare is helping us to learn much more about the plants that inhabit our Sanctuary. [Affiliations and Assistance]

Plans and Goals

Our long term vision is to create a rich and biodiverse carbon-positive ecosystem across our 100 acre property forming a haven for existing and released wildlife and supporting increases in threatened fauna and flora species. We are aiming to:

  • Improve vegetation connectivity, including linking ridgeline to riparian zones, thus enhancing wildlife corridors between the Jiggi/Georgica valley and Bungabee State Forest area.
  • Increase biodiversity through mixed endemic species selection, including eucalypts (to support koala, possum/glider and flying fox populations) interspersed with flowering and fruiting species (Callistemons, Banksias, Syzygiums etc) and those providing shelter, food and nesting sites (Hoop pines, understory plants).
  • Create habitat for diverse wildlife (birds, animals, reptiles, amphibians), including retention of fallen trees and branches and building and erecting habitat boxes
  • Decrease weed species (particularly Devils fig, Camphor laurel, Lantana, Cat’s Claw Creeper), minimising competition for native species and facilitating movement of fauna such as koalas and pademelons.

Our current focus is on:

  • Rehabilition of cattle damaged areas, including overall soil improvement/enrichment and ground coverage to minimise weed re-growth 
  • Reforesting two zones of flat open paddocks (Forest Red gum remnant area)
  • Revegetating wet and dry gullies and linking these to other plantings to enhance wildlife corridors across the property
  • Widening riparian zones
  • Weed control in existing regrowth areas (particularly riparian zone and regrowth fringes) 
  • Removal of a number of introduced plant species
  • Habitat box building and installation in reforested areas
  • Control of feral dog and fox numbers
  • Re-establishing a population of Red-necked Pademelons in the area
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Address

Rock Valley
NSW, Australia, 2480

Contacts

[email protected]
Phone: +61-2-66293226

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