1/3 Cores and Links
The Cores and Links comprise approximately 8,000 hectares of both Eucalyptus regnans (Mountain Ash) plantation and native forest in the Eastern Strzelecki Ranges located in Gippsland. The area includes four areas of key native vegetation and plantation (the Cores) joined by corridors of land (the Links), which are also a mixture of plantation and native vegetation. Taken together, the Cores and Links area provides a contiguous vegetated land area stretching from Tarra-Bulga National Park in the east to Gunyah-Gunyah Rainforest Reserve in the west. An agreement to protect the area known as the “Cores and Links” has resulted in an important and historic outcome for the environment and industry. Over 23,000 hectares of native vegetation will be permanently protected in the Strzelecki Ranges, most is protected immediately.
2/3 Giant Barred Frog
The Mary River and its tributaries, including Tinana Creek, contain a concentration of species of national environmental significance under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 including the Mary River Turtle, the Mary River Cod, the Australian Lungfish and the Giant Barred Frog. HQPlantations and its partners (Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC), the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) have obtained federal funding to strengthen the riparian corridor along Tinana Creek via revegetation, enhanced weed control and fencing to exclude cattle. The project site is home to the Giant Barred Frog (Mixophes iteratus), an endangered species that is declining throughout its range from Mary River in the north through eastern NSW to Coffs Harbour. It is a stream dependent frog that is limited to those parts of the catchment where rainforest is the natural riparian vegetation. It is also one of Australia’s largest frogs, growing to 115 mm and living for approximately 20 years. The revegetation project is due to be completed in June 2017.
3/3 Tiger Quoll Preservation Project
Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) and the Wonyip Landcare Group are working together to protect the Tiger Quoll, (dasyurus maculatus) a carnivorous marsupial mammal native to Australia. The Tiger Quoll is mainland Australia’s largest carnivorous marsupial and commands a very large habitat range. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the Tiger Quoll on the Red List of Threatened Species under the “vulnerable” status. After evidence of quoll activity in the Wonyip area was found, a grant from World Wildlife Fund/Threatened Species Network was obtained to assist in the survival and migration of this rare and threatened animal. This project aims to link together areas of native forest which are currently separated by pine plantations, private cleared land, farms and mountain ridges. The first stage included the planting of 3,000 native trees on abandoned agricultural land to create forested corridors which increased habitat throughout the Golden Creek, Billy Creek and Dingo Creeks and the Little Albert River. The quoll corridor now provides a link from the Cores and Links Reserve to the Dingo Creek Catchment. The link is maintained by community groups and HVP Plantations.