Commercial Wood Crops with Biodiversity

On May first GAN ran a seminar at Boolarra and field inspection at Budgeree looking at the value of woodlots and biodiversity to flora and fauna conservation.  Thirty-five people attended and came from throughout western Gippsland, Melbourne and beyond. Speakers included Anthony Dufty on Analogous Forestry, Gib Wettanhall on the Imlal Biorich Plantation near Ballarat, Richard Lyon on his research into the value of plantations to birdlife, Rchard Appleton on the HVP Stewardship Program, Rob Youl on his activities near St Arnaud and Peter Devonshire on the Biodiverse Woodlot Trial at Budgeree. The seminar was Chair by Geoff Hill from Latroe City Council. The event and trial is being supported by a Victorian Landcare Grant through Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network and the lunch was provided by Latrobe City Council. Presentations will be added to the website under News as they are made available.







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  1. Latrobe Valley Field Nats have conducted bird and plant surveys on the property. Over 70 native plants and 25 bird species were identified on a damp Melbourne Cup eve morning. A further survey is planned for January. Thanks to David Mules and Ken for their efforts. Lists will be attached to this site when organised.

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