Trust For Nature

North East properties

Trust for Nature owns three properties in the North East region

 

  • Fifteen Mile Creek
  • Spring Creek Valley

 


 

Fifteen Mile Creek

Trust for Nature acquired this 107 hectare property in 1991 through a public appeal co-ordinated by the community. The area is now managed collaboratively with the 15 Mile Creek School Camp.

The property is situated in the foothills east of Benalla, in north-east Victoria. The site has high conservation value, with six ecological vegetation classes present. Five of these EVCs are listed as threatened in the North East.

Much of the former extent of these bush types have been cleared for agriculture, viticulture and other production. The property also forms part of a corridor, linking other outlying remnants to the much larger state forest a few kilometres to the east.

Red Box, Red Stringybark, Narrow-leaf Peppermint and Yellow Box are the dominant eucalypts. The shrub and ground layers are generally in good condition. Two threatened plant species occur on site, the Narrow Goodenia and Sand Rush.

The area supports a range of fauna. Of significance is the presence of the Speckled Warbler, Brown Treecreeper, Spotted Quail-thrush and Lace Monitor.

The camp management committee undertakes management actions such as weed control and vegetation enhancement.

15 Mile Creek


Spring Creek Valley

A generous donor gave this 80 hectare property to Trust for Nature so that an important part of Spring Creek catchment could remain protected.

Spring Creek Valley is found east of Benalla, or north-east of Melbourne. This is the last untouched valley in the region - all other areas have been cleared for hops and grazing. Part of this property was cleared for grazing 25 years ago. This area is now regenerating well.

The forest is dominated by Narrow-leaf Peppermint and Broad-leaf Peppermint, but a number of other eucalypt species are present. The shrub and ground layers are very good quality with a range of species present including grass trees and a variety of pea species.

An unusual occurrence of a prostrate form of Grevillea alpina has also been found here. Spring Creek Valley supports Bobuck, Greater Glider, Swamp Wallaby and other native mammals and bird species.


 

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