The Mallee, situated in north western Victoria, has great national significance, with the major watercourse of the Murray River flowing through a semi-arid environment and some of the most southerly Sandy Mallee.
The Mallee has a range of land systems and vegetation sub-communities which support flora and fauna that are unique to the region.
Of the 4.3 million hectares of land in the Mallee, public land occupies about 38 per cent. Much of this land is located within large conservation reserves.
Of the 2.63 million hectares of private land, only about 3.04 per cent retains native vegetation, and only one per cent of this is fenced and protected from grazing.
Plains Grasslands are by far the most threatened of the Mallee landscapes, with less than one per cent of the original coverage remaining in Victoria, mainly around Birchip.
The Mallee region also supports the greatest diversity of reptiles in Victoria. Many of these, including the beautiful Carpet Python, are now threatened with extinction.
Many mammal species in the Mallee are nationally important, however, there are 15 species of mammals now presumed extinct in the region. Habitat loss and predation by foxes and cats are considered the main causes for the disappearance of these animals.
Trust for Nature also manages Victoria's largest freehold property, Neds Corner, which is situated on the Murray River near Mildura.
Mallee Regional Manager
Ph: +61 (03) 5030 2320 or 0408 550 186
PO Box 56
Koraleigh, NSW 2735