Tag Archives: Strathbogie Forest

Still Mt Seldomseen

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Mt Seldomseen … or someone’s folly?

It was fitting that the walk to Mt Seldomseen was perhaps the smallest walking group we’ve ever had – six! So, Mt Seldomseen remains just that.

It was a gorgeous day – blue sky and warm, perfect for a bush walk. Sim led the way and though the track into the bush was seriously degraded by illegal, off-road trailbike riding, that all changed once we left the track and headed towards Mt Seldomseen, in the Toorour Reference Area – an area devoid of roads and tracks, where the only access is on foot. The Toorour Reference Area was created in 1986, one of two reference areas in the Strathbogie Ranges (the other being the Glen Creek Reference Area), for the purpose of “maintain the ecosystem …  for scientific study related to the impact of Man’s activities…” (LCC 1986).

We were headed to one of the reference area’s rocky outcrops, Mt Seldomseen, by first walking through state forest for about 1 km, then up onto a broad, dry ridge dominated by Red Stringybark trees, including some large, handsome specimens and flowering Broad-leaf Peppermints that filled the air with the sweet smell of abundant nectar. Continue reading

2017 Honeysuckle Art Show – forest celebration

The longer we campaign for improved forest management in the Strathbogies, the more opportunities we have to share this special corner of the north east with the wider world. The 2017 Honeysuckle Art Show was one such opportunity.

This year’s art show theme was ‘Ageing’, so it seemed fitting to celebrate those ancient trees, and the habitat they create, that are so important for the health of the forest ecosystem. The main image (above) is of the forest display at the show in the Violet Town Hall. The slideshow (below) shows the individual pics that comprise the exhibit. All images were taken in the Strathbogie Forest on the regular community activities run by the group. Click to view the slide show.

 

And we even received an ‘Honourable Mention’, in the ‘Textiles, print making & collage’ category!

This exhibit was part of our 2017 Strathbogie Forest Citizen Science Project. This project was funded with the support of the Victorian Government.

Strathbogie Ranges – Greater Glider hotspot!

SSFG Greater Glider detections from 27 km of transect survey.

Location of every Greater Glider detection recorded during this study.

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Location map

As part of our Strathbogie Forest Citizen Science Project, in the last year or so, we conducted 42 hours of spotlighting, along 27 km of forest tracks, surveying approximately 161 ha of forest. Most of these community surveys occurred in April and May 2017 and ran twice per week – Monday and Friday evenings. Twenty-five different people took part in the spotlighting surveys. All fauna detected during the surveys were recorded, but the focus was on three species- Greater Glider (Petauroides volans), Yellow-bellied Glider (Petaurus australis) and Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua).

During these surveys, Greater Gliders were detected 202 times, Common Ringtail Possums 46 times, Koalas 27, Mountain Brushtail Possums 16 and  Sugar Gliders three times. There were no detections of Yellow-bellied Glider. We detected Southern Boobook Owls on 10 occasions, Powerful Owls four times and Tawny Frogmouth and Owlet Nightjar once each. Continue reading

Giants, icons & elders walk

Perfect winter weather accompanied our group of 47 visitors to the Strathbogie Forest on Sunday. We came to see and pay respect to some of the grand old trees that still stand in this forest.

Two giants at the Messmate picnic area on Barjarg Rd are a continuing source of inspiration for visitors. These are perhaps the two biggest, oldest Messmate eucalypts (Eucalyptus obliqua) left in the entire Strathbogie Ranges. [Click an image to open the slide show.]

The Mountain Gum (E. dalrympleana) is another giant tree of this high elevation mixed species forest. Continue reading

Vicforests statements misleading

A Strathbogie Forest Greater Glider - threatened by fire and logging.

A Strathbogie Forest Greater Glider – threatened by fire and logging.

In reply to Vicforests comments reported in last week’s Euroa Gazette article.

Following their contentious logging of Parlour’s coupe late in 2016, Vicforests stated that it had no plans for further logging in the Strathbogies (Vicforests Feb 2016 media release & Shepp. News). Indeed, Vicforests provided even more detailed plans to DELWP as part of a Ministerial briefing to the Environment Minister, the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, in January this year, as reported in the previous post (FOI document, Min023780 Item. 11):

Once harvesting in Parlour’s coupe is complete … Vicforests has advised they have no plans to harvest further coupes in the Strathbogie ranges within the next two years.

The community welcomed this position and saw it as providing some breathing space to consider management options for the forest and Greater Glider protection. The Greater Glider is Australia’s largest gliding possum and has recently been listed as vulnerable to extinction by both the Australian Government (link) and Victorian Government (link).

So, it came as a total shock when, last week, Vicforests announced it does have plans for more logging – this year! We know that Government agencies and corporations, like Vicforests and DELWP, choose their words very carefully, particularly when briefing a Minister.

If, as Vicforests now insists, it has always had plans to continue logging in the Strathbogies, then the advice provided to DELWP clearly had the effect of misleading not just the community, but also DELWP and the Environment Minister! Continue reading

Tree-top living, just don’t look down

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This Greater Glider (Petauroides volans) was 25 m up in a Mountain Gum (Eucalyptus dalrympleana).

Our night-time surveys are revealing a forest rich in wildlife.  And the stable, clear Autumn weather has been ideal for working in the forest at night. Though the Strathbogie Forest doesn’t have the tallest of trees, craning one’s neck to look up into 30-40 m canopies can take its toll.

We document all our sightings : time of the observation, species ID, latitude and longitude, species of tree the animal was in, height of the animal in the tree and the number referencing to the photo of the animal. For example: Continue reading

May 2017 community spotlighting program

DSCN2492Dates: generally Monday and Friday, with some exceptions – read on.

May: Mon. 1, Tues. 9, Fri. 12, Mon. 15, Frid 19 (Cancelled – rain), Mon. 22, Fri. 26;
June: Frid. 2 (last chance!)
Times: 6.30 to 9.30 pm, or part thereof. Continue reading