The Kooyoora area in North Central Victoria is rich in biodiversity.
Improving connections between these areas will improve habitat for threatened species, such as the Mallefowl and Yellow-lip Spider-orchid.
The Kooyoora Connections project is supporting local landholders and community groups to improve the condition and increase the area of native vegetation between Kooyoora State Park, Wychitella and Mount Korong Nature Conservation Reserve.
“The Kooyoora Connections project is a collaborative effort to conserve land on a large scale. ”
The project has a focus on building landscape resilience and connectivity by protecting, improving and extending native vegetation. To achieve this, financial support is available to landowners for revegetation, stock control fencing, and priority weed control work. For its part, Trust for Nature has been working with local landowners providing support and encouraging them to protect significant habitat by agreeing to place conservation covenants on their properties. To date, six privately protected areas have been created, covering more than 550 hectares. Another two properties, adding a further 250 hectares, are in the process of being covenanted. The project also continues to build natural resource management skills, knowledge and cultural awareness, while increasing the capacity of local community groups, such as the Wedderburn Conservation Management Network.