The Long-nosed Potoroo is a small marsupial that once occurred across many parts of Victoria, however, due to habitat degradation and fragmentation, as well as predation by foxes and cats, it is now classified as endangered. Today the Long-nosed Potoroo is restricted to small areas within the Otways, Glenelg National Park and far east Gippsland, preferring areas of dense vegetation.
The Gariwerd (Grampians) National Park is an isolated stronghold for the Long-nosed Potoroo. The Gariwerd Restoration Project aims to reintroduce this species into the National Park from our restoration property, to increase the Park’s Potoroo population.
The Project has three stages – recreation of threatened species habitat, reintroduction of threatened species into the property and finally the reintroduction of threatened species into the National Park.
Recreation of Habitat: Carbon Landscapes is currently working with Nature Glenelg Trust to manage our 90 hectare property adjacent to Gariwerd (Grampians) National Park. Natural wetlands, shrublands and woodlands are being enhanced through a large-scale revegetation program over seven years. Logs from nearby abandoned private forestry sites are also being added to provide additional habitat for reintroduced animals.
Reintroduction of threatened species: Initial planning is underway to establish a predator-proof fence around the property. Then through endangered species partnerships such as Odonata, individual animals will be translocated from Mt Rothwell to re-establish a population before they are released into the National Park, in partnership with Parks Victoria.