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In the Hamilton region a degraded wetland was identified as requiring restoration works. The wetland, which has two man-made drains running through it, had been drained many years ago for agricultural use. Australian Plantations, woodchips, australian, eucalyptus woodchips, plantations woodchips A permit was obtained from the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority to carry out the necessary work to block the drains. This will enable the wetland to refill after the coming winter rains and provide valuable habitat for wildlife. Australian Plantations, woodchips, australian, eucalyptus woodchips, plantations woodchips Nesting boxes and logs have been placed in the wetland for use by waterbirds. Environmental planting on badly eroded creek line. Some properties purchased by ABP often have areas of degradation due to previous poor land management practices, erosion and damage caused by livestock. These areas are high priorities for emu projects. The photograph shows a property in the Hamilton region, which when purchased had a badly eroded creek line. Australian Plantations, woodchips, australian, eucalyptus woodchips, plantations woodchips After consulting local experts, appropriate species of native vegetation were planted to control erosion and improve water quality. Wedge-tailed Eagle fledgling After the removal of livestock, management of remnant native vegetation by emu encourages the return of many species of native birds and animals.Species such as the Wedge-tailed Eagle regularly nest in areas of remnant vegetation found within ABP plantations. Australian Plantations, woodchips, australian, eucalyptus woodchips, plantations woodchips ABP undertakes partnerships in environmental works with many other individuals and organisations. Along with Greening Australia, National Heritage Trust, Bushcare and Alcoa, ABP established a wildlife corridor of native vegetation along Arrandoovong Creek, through Nigel Treefarm. Australian Plantations, woodchips, australian, eucalyptus woodchips, plantations woodchips This forms part of a more extensive corridor following the creek through the neighbouring landscape. Removal of livestock has enabled a dramatic regeneration of native vegetation in areas managed by emu. This photograph shows an example of extensive regeneration of Red Gums under a mature tree.When establishing plantations ABP recognises the importance of preserving and enhancing remnant native vegetation to encourage biodiversity.This photograph shows mature Red Gums preserved within one of our plantations. Year 10 students from Hamilton and Alexandra College recording condition at plantation establishment. Australian Plantations, woodchips, australian, eucalyptus woodchips, plantations woodchips Schools are encouraged to participate in our environmental projects. In 2007 students from the Hamilton and Alexandra College year 10 were invited to monitor the development of a new plantation including the restoration of remnant vegetation the improvement in biodiversity and water quality after the removal of livestock. Monitoring of an existing plantation is also being undertaken for comparative purposes.This project will continue for life of the plantation and will enable ABP to obtain valuable information whilst educating the students about our industry and its positive effects on the environment. Contactors James Humphreys and Ross Basham With empty containers of fox bait used in program. Each year ABP undertakes an extensive fox eradication program. In 2007 50,000 ha of plantations were baited. Results have shown that 75% of baits set were taken. The 2008 program has just commenced. Australian Plantations, woodchips, australian, eucalyptus woodchips, plantations woodchips In addition, the locations of all fox dens in 25,000 ha of plantations were recorded by GPS. Contractors were employed to fumigate and then destroy these dens.Fox eradication not only assists farmers in the region but also has a very positive effect on the native fauna that is returning to areas of remnant native vegetation on ABP properties.

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Koala Program

Koala Update from Russ Hughes, CEO
May 2015

Australian Bluegum Plantations (ABP) is committed to continuous improvement in its koala program. In December 2013, ABP implemented a new policy that involved dividing the estate into two zones based on whether koalas are likely to inhabit the plantations. Any harvest operations in the ‘koala zone’ must have independent spotters deployed to work ahead of the harvest machines to identify koalas and mark out the trees to be excluded from harvesting.

ABP now has significant experience with the deployment and utilisation of koala spotters. Based on the information gathered from spotters, further understanding of koalas and their behaviours, trials of new technologies and extensive stakeholder engagement including the latest koala stakeholder meeting in February 2016, the Koala Plan has been updated. This plan will be updated annually and ABP welcomes stakeholder comments which will be considered in the next update of the plan.  Please email any comments to marketing@austgum.com.au

The ABP koala key points document outlines the key changes that ABP has made to the koala program. All updates are in line with, or exceed, the policy and guidelines adopted by the plantation industry in the Green Triangle region of Western Victoria and South Australia.

ABP remains committed to the hardwood plantations industry’s ultimate goal of zero harm to koalas. In order to achieve this, ABP is continually reviewing, trialling and adapting new technologies and work practices to respond to changing environments and circumstances. ABP is dedicated to doing all that is reasonably practicable to achieve our ultimate goal.

ABP is a significant regional employer and a major contributor to the economy in the Green Triangle region. ABP operates to maintain the economic benefits of sustainable plantation forestry while upholding environmental, social and cultural best practice.

 

 

 

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