The warm summer months have been a great opportunity for the VFA survey team to get out into the Alpine regions, with trips to Mount Stirling on Taungurung Country late last year, and recently a very successful trip to the Little Dargo on Brabuwooloong country. At Mount Stirling the team surveyed for rare flora during the day, and did some spotlighting for greater gliders and yellow-bellied gliders at night.
Mount Stirling has a number of coupes adjacent and close to the Alpine National Park. The forests are mostly older Alpine Ash and Mountain grey gum, with some peppermint and mixed species forests scattered throughout. Friends of Mount Stirling and the Victorian National Parks Association have been campaigning for many years for the protection of this area from logging.
Then a few weekends ago the team headed to the Dargo High plains on Brabuwooloong country to survey for rare Mountain Leafless Bossiaea (Bossiaea bracteosa) in pristine forests scheduled for logging.
The bossiaea is a threatened plant which is protected from logging by a 200m exclusion zone. Our surveyors found large populations across several coupes, confirming that these areas must be protected from logging. The forests are home to rare plants and animals like the spotted and alpine tree frogs, and masked owl.
VFA member groups Save the Little Dargo and Friends of Bats and Habitat have been campaigning for protection of the area, along with support from Friends of the Earth who have run a number of guided walks across the plains, and into the incredible old growth Alpine Ash forests, and down the steep hill to the Little Dargo River.
A huge thank you to the work of our member groups, and our dedicated team of citizen scientists who carry out this vital work to protect native forests from logging. We are so grateful for all you do!