Mt Rose is native forest regeneration project that will create new habitat for the threatened Southern Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby. There are less than 60 of these animals remaining in the wild. 170 hectares of this private property will be reforested and converted into a conservation zone. Stage 1 will plant a 2 hectare area of around 2000 trees as a pilot project in June/July 2020. The remaining 168 hectares will be planted in 2021.
Mt Rose is a 400ha property located in the Murray region of North Eastern Victoria, around 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne. It is part of the Hughes Creek Landscape Zone, an important biodiversity area.
History and Context
Almost all of this part of Victoria is private land, of which 83% has been cleared for grazing over the years. There is very little natural habitat remaining for native species, which is why projects like this are so important.
Planting and Biodiversity
Mt Rose will plant a range of tree species native to this landscape, including Red Stringybark, Long-leaved Box (Bundy), Cherry Ballart, Black and Silver Wattles, Narrow-leaf Peppermints, Blackwood and Yellow Box.
This new forest will create habitat for the critically threatened Southern Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby, as well as the Brush-tailed Phascogale, the Diamond Firetail and other species.
This project is in the process of being registered with the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Regulator as a carbon abatement project. Submission is in progress under reference number ERF157510, and the project will soon be visible on the Emissions Reduction Fund project register: