Legal Number: LEGL/93-38
Plantation: Mount Beckworth
Conservation Priority: High
Plantation within AKD Softwoods area of supply.
The Nationally Threatened Temperate Grassland & Grassy Eucalypt Woodland Ecological Community may occur in this plantation or in close proximity.
Plantation located on Victorian Volcanic Plain Bioregion.
Plantation within SPE Exports (Geelong) area of supply.
Click here for map of Hancocks' Ballarat region plantations.
Declared Water Catchment Area: Laanecoorie Reservoir Catchment. Proclaimed 2/10/85.
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Herbicides Used by Hancock in Pine Plantations - Ballarat Region Victoria
Water Catchment Area: LODDON RIVER CATCHMENT - POTENTIAL DRINKING WATER FOR BRIDGEWATER, DUNOLLY, INGLEWOOD, KERANG, LAANECOORIE, TARNAGULLA, MURRAY RIVER SUPPLIES WATER TO KERANG, PIANGIL, SWAN HILL, ROBINVALE, MILDURA
Responsible Authority: Hepburn Shire Council
Plantation Catchment: Lies near creek that flows northward into One Mile Creek/McCallum Creek/Tullaroop Creek/Loddon River. Small plantation near Mount Beckworth State Forest.
Catchment Managment Authority: North Central Catchment Management Authority
Hancock Watch Site visit Feb 01: Drove to southern aspect of Mount Beckworth. Pines recently established. Plantation appeared to be established according to map with some evidence of trees left in plantation. Small plantation with lesser environmental problems than plantations of larger size, however the plantation abuts Mount Beckworth State Forest and may be a source of weeds into this important remaining vestige of indigenous vegetation.
Other notes: ‘A Report on part of the Laanecoorie Reservoir Catchment. Soil Conservation Authority 1985’
“p4 The Laanecoorie Reservoir on the Loddon River, is one of three major storages in the Loddon Drainage Basin. In addition to the Loddon River inflow, Laanecoorie Reservoir is also fed by the McCallum - Tullaroop and Bet Bet Creeks. The reservoir is located in central Victoria, 16 kilometres north of Maryborough . . . The major function of Laanecoorie Reservoir, along with the Cairn Curran and Tullaroop Reservoirs, is to provide regulated flow for irrigation in some areas of northern Victoria. The reservoir supplies water for domestic purposes to a number of townships, localities and individual dwellings . . .
p5 The catchment is bordered in the south by the Great Dividing Range, in the west by a string of mountain ranges including the Black Ranges and Bealiba Range and in the north by the Green Valley Ranges. The eastern and part of the northern boundaries for the greater distance follow undulating ridges, or cross the extensive flat to undulating plain. Some of the prominent peaks within, or on, the catchment boundary are . . ., Mount Beckworth (granite) . . . Soils and vegetation: Soils developed from Ordovician parent material cover approximately fifty per cent of the catchment. These occur principally in the northern and eastern areas and include soils derived from metamorphic parent material. Soil types include red gradational on steeper slopes, red sodic duplex on gentler slopes and yellow duplex in drainage lines . . . The Volcanic plains in the south and central regions have predominantly clay soils, covering approximately thirty five per cent of the catchment . . . A large proportion of the catchment land has been cleared of its original vegetation, as a consequence of agricultural development. Indigenous species remain in public reserves etc . . . There are 42 ha of softwood plantations at Mount Beckworth in the south of the catchment . . .” .