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 Great Otway National Park, 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 and Smoky Mouse. OurGariwerd Restoration Project will become a safe harbour for existing species within the Grampians National Park and could be a future soft release site for additional species and gene flow for the future. Within the sanctuary, an active fox and cat monitoring and removal program will be established, in line with similar predator control undertaken by Parks Victoria within the Park.
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. The majority of the property has been a previous blue gum plantation, but it has only had the one rotation. Much of the original seed bank remains and new native vegetation, rich in both structure and diversity, is re-establishing itself. We also have about one quarter of the property made up from Grassy Woodland, an endangered vegetation community in Australia.
Reintroduction of threatened species: Initial planning is underway to establish a predator-proof fence around the property. Our Fund a Fence page is now live for tax-deductible donations and major sponsorship opportunities for businesses. Then, through 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.
"Climate change for all of us is an issue, therefore, as a business we feel it is our responsibility to help raise awareness on climate change and to go beyond with a responsibility to contribute to climate restoration.
Carbon Landscapes provides our business with the perfect platform to make a change, knowing that 100% of our funds were going directly to the cause was a significant factor in our decision making when choosing a partner. Being involved in the Grampian’s fencing project provides our business with something tangible so we can see the direct impact we are having, whilst joining a community that is making a positive change. We all have a responsibility when it comes to climate change, as a business we have accepted this and look forward to doing what we can to make the world a better place."