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Opposing the Wallaby

Since clearing the pine plantation and establishing the first area of biodiverse woodlot (over-wood predominantly spotted gum), I have been unable to establish additional areas of woodlot due to intense wallaby grazing pressure. The first successful year I used wallaby repellent sprayed onto the

Photo 1 – “chook-wire”

seedlings prior to planting. In the absence of other vegetative cover this proved to be satisfactory. However, after 12 months growth of these planted trees and the regenerating native understory, there was sufficient vegetative cover to embolden the enlarged wallaby population to browse anything in the adjoining areas, especially seedlings. On the area planted 12 mont

Photo 2 – “fishnet stockings”

hs after the first planting of the 1,000 trees planted only 10 survived despite further application of repellent. One area regenerated with natural seed fall (messmate) given the high density of seedlings established.

A local Landcare grant enabled me to attempt to replant two unsuccessful areas testing different tree guarding options together with removing the grassy swarth to encourage understory species to recolonise. One was to erect a “chook-wire” fence 1.5m high to exclude all browsing animals (some rabbits had been seen). This is effective after 24 months (photo 1). The other was to use wallaby repellent and guard with individual guards. A range of

Photo 3 – waterproof corfluting

guards was used; green fishnet stockings (photo2) and waterproof cor-fluting (photo 3) were tried (photos after 24 months since planting). The rabbits disappeared after 12 months but the wallabies ate anything that protruded from the guards. I then tried some larger guards after 12 months (photo 4) with the same result although the seedlings are larger and may win in the long term.

Photo 4 – Larger guards on older trees

The result of not doing anything is again nothing (photo 5).

Photo 5 – “No trees”

A second area was fenced off 12 months ago (photo 6) using leftover fencing material and leftover spotted gum. Additional white stringybark and sugar gum were also planted.

Photo 6 – “Take 2”

Unfortunately we have had an extremely cold winter with over 20 frosts (normally 1 or 2 light ones), many severe. Time will tell what survives and what doesn’t. The plan was to leave the fences up for three seasons but we will review that at the time. In the meantime the original successful plant goes from strength to strength (photo 7).

Photo 7 – “Success”

 

Peter Devonshire

Gippsland Agroforestry Network, Budgeree, Victoria.

 

Tree Planting Day at the Budgeree Biodiverse Agroforestry Woodlot site

Saturday 26th September 9.30am followed by a BBQ lunch

133 Prosper Valley Road Budgeree (Map available here)

Come along and help extend the area available for wild life on this property. It won’t be too arduous! It is designed to get us functioning as a network.

You will be involved with planting and guarding trees, discussing issues of the site and plans for GAN over the coming year.

To help with catering please RSVP to Peter Devonshire on:

0428 346 711 or peter@devtree.com.au

So bring your work clothes, hats, boots, chair, even gloves if you wish. You can be part of the change from:

This:

Devtree-before

To This:

Devtree-after

 

 

GAN AGM – 28th August, Lardner Park

Friday August 28th

Location: Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Store Road, Lardner

Detailed instructions on how to get there.

2:00pm- 5:00pm Review demonstration plantings and develop plan for future management.
This is an opportunity for members to review their own plans for their own forests and discuss options with local professional forest managers. The group is hoping to arrange a harvest demonstration on this site in coming months.

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5:30pm. GAN Annual General Meeting

AGM_Notice of Meeting

2014 GAN AGM Minutes

2015 GANPresidentReport

6:00pm Dinner

Contact David Bennett – GAN Secretary

contact@gippslandagroforestry.com.au