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Creating new koala habitat in Victoria

Blog Post - Creating new koala habitat in Victoria

Over the past 20 years more than 70% of the Manna Gum community has been lost and without intervention we will lose this unique and rare habitat type, along with the koalas and many other plants and animals that rely on it.

Funding from FNPW has enabled the Conservation Ecology Centre (CEC) to expand key elements of its Great Ocean Road Koala Habitat Rescue Program.

Ecological burns

Since 2014 the CEC and local fire authority have conducted 17 prescribed ecological burns across 40ha on 7 private properties. Importantly, the burns provide a good ash bed to plant young tree seedlings that will eventually replace the koala habitat trees which have largely been lost.

The controlled burns have also played a role in reducing the invasion of coastal plants into the woodlands of Cape Otway.

Canopy replacement planting program

Over the past four years the project partners have achieved 100ha of revegetation, including approximately 50ha of canopy replacement. A further 20ha of canopy replacement planting was completed in 2016.

Seedlings purchased with the support of FNPW have made an important contribution to the woodland revegetation, with mesh guards providing extra protection for trees in critical locations.

Fundraising

Habitat loss is a key reason 500 native Australian animals are now on the Threatened Species List

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