Regen Australia was approached by local Environmental Consulting and Education specialists Natura Pacific https://www.natura-pacific.com/ to manage a koala habitat offset planting in our beautiful Tallebudgera Valley on the Southern Gold Coast.
Our Project Manager Greg Law developed a maintenance plan for the 1.96ha revegetation site and our teams set to work caring for the plants. The maintenance plan incorporated Assisted Natural Regeneration techniques and all naturally germinating native plants were encouraged to grow and add to the diversity of the species in the plantation. The natural recruitment of local species has been excellent on this site and our crew were excited to see a handful of Bridellia exaltata (scrub Ironbark) trees outgrowing the planted species.
As part of the approvals process for this project five new koala habitat trees must be established for every non-juvenile tree removed from the site. As well as the koala trees, a number of Endiandra globosa (black walnut) plants were planted in the riparian areas of the site. Black walnut is a threatened species on the Gold Coast – http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/threatened-rainforest-plants.pdf
The site is still under maintenance. Have a look at the before and after photos to see how carefully planned maintenance and assisted natural regeneration can make a considerable difference. These photos were taken 6 months apart.
The before and after photos