Future Carbon Projects

Nurcong, VIC

Project

The property at Nurcong has been protected and restored to capture carbon and act as a strategic link for a vegetation corridor as part of the Habitat 141 initiative that spans from coastal heathland to outback shrublands.

Why Nurcong

Nurcong creates a critical vegetation corridor between the nearby Mt Arapiles-Tooan reserve complex and the Mitre and Nurcoung Flora Reserves.

The project directly contributes to the Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for the West Wimmera Woodlands and Wetlands of Western Victoria which aims to:

  • Reinstate wildlife corridors
  • Protect native vegetation

About the project

In 2008, Greening Australia purchased the property at Nurcoung, approximately 400 km north-west of Melbourne in Western Victoria.  This 180-hectare property was purchased with the purpose of protecting and restoring the native vegetation. It is part of strategic corridor that  reconnects isolated landscapes and species within the Habitat 141 initiative.

There are three different types of species originally native to Nurcong. We used direct seeding combined with hand planting to recreate these.

  • Shallow Sands Woodland
  • Sandstone Shrub Woodland Sandstone Ridge
  • Heathy Woodland

What we’ve achieved

130 hectares of planted trees and shrubs are now well-established and Greening Australia actively manages the property to control invasive weeds and pest animals.  This includes coordinating district-wide rabbit baiting involving 30 local landholders.

We are already noticing an abundance of small shrubs, native grasses and wildflowers naturally reappearing now that this property is no longer grazed by sheep, and rabbits are rigorously controlled.

40 permanent plots have been established and are annually monitored for carbon capture – collectively and as individual species.  Each plant in each plot has been geo-located and is monitored for health and longevity.

Wildlife protection and conservation

The Nurcong property sits within the area that is home to the nationally endangered Red-tailed Black-cockatoo. It contains its main food plants – Bulokes and Desert Stringy Bark.  Malleefowls and Bush Stone-Curlews – which are considered endangered in Victoria – have also been observed within both nearby reserves.  The nationally vulnerable Hairy Pod Wattle and the nationally endangered Wimmera Spider Orchid have been recorded in nearby reserves.

Greening Australia works with the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group and Conservation Volunteers International to monitor and collect data on populations north and south of the Nurcoung Link.  We also work with local landholders to collect malleefowl feathers found on private land.  The feathers are then sent to Latrobe University for DNA analysis which provides critical information on malleefowl populations.  Monitoring has discovered five new previously unknown active nests or ‘mounds’, which suggests five more breeding pairs of malleefowl have taken up residence at Nurcong.

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