Region: Ovens

Legal Number: LEGL/93-130/1

Plantation: Morses Creek

Conservation Priority: High

Plantation within Australian Newsprint Mill (ANM) Ltd area of supply.

Logging upsets locals April/May 2006 (see here)

93-130b : Mar 01: Pine wildings

Plantation within Carter Holt Harvey (International Paper) area of supply.

Plantation within Dominance Industries (Alpine MDF Industries) area of supply.

Plantation within D & R Henderson/Monsbent area of supply.

North East Victoria Plantation Map here

Image taken Late 2004. Source: Melbourne University School of Resource Management Land & Food Resources.

July 2012: The view from a street in Bright.

April 2006: Logging within 20 metres of Morses Creek

This plantation was very likely to be aerially sprayed with 2,4,5-T between 1968 and 1977. The Dioxin TCDD may still exist in soil in this plantation. For more historical data on 2,4,5-T click here. For more information concerning the continuing health crisis concerning 2,4,5-T please forward to here.

Herbicides Used by Hancock in Pine Plantations - North East Region Victoria

Herbicide Label Rate max as kg/ha Used to control Notes Application
Carfentrazone-Ethyl 0.036      
Clopyralid 2.55 Woody Weeds Highly Toxic/Potential Ground water Contaminant air or ground
Glyphosate 3.6 Herbaceous and woody weeds, noxious weeds    
Hexazinone 4 Woody Weeds Ground Water Contaminant Aerial, ground, spot
Metsulfuron-Methyl 0.06 Woody Weeds, Noxious Weeds Potential Ground Water Contaminant Aerial, ground or spot
Triclopyr 3 Woody and Noxious Weeds   Ground, spot, basal bark


April 2006: Eroding road in close proximity to Morses Creek

Proclaimed Water Catchment Area: This plantation area is located in the Ovens River (Wangaratta) Water Supply Catchment.

April 2006: Logging within 5 metres of Morses Creek.


April 2006: Steep slopes in this plantation.

THREATENED FISH NOTES - OVENS RIVER: Most important river in Victoria in regard to the survival of the Murray Cod. Murray Cod spawn almost as far up as Myrtleford and the Ovens supplies recruitment for the Murray River as well. The Ovens has no dams and is a river of extreme national significance. Trout Cod are now being found in the Ovens and may set up a self sustaining spawning population. Trout Cod have been successfully stocked into Ovens and upper Ovens, downstream of Myrtleford and going up the King River - past Moyhu. All the tribs of the Ovens are important for native fish including King, Buffalo and Buckland Rivers.

Ex Gold Mine Area: Gold workings most likely occurred in this plantation area during the late 19th Century. Mines may have included Cobbler Mine on Cobbler Gully and White Star Mine.

April 2006: Drainage line cluttered with logging debris.

April 2003: Typical plantation shot of this plantation. Quite steep slopes and no protection for the drainage line in this photo.

Responsible Authority: Alpine Shire Council

Plantation Catchment: Many creeks Morses Creek West Branch/Morses Creek/Ovens River. Alot of creeks into Morses Creek. Several creeks into Bright/Morses Creek.

Catchment Managment Authority: North East Catchment Management Authority

April 2006: Snig trails on steep slopes near Morses Creek.

April 2006: Riparian zone of Morses Creek.

Hancock Watch site visit Mar 01: Drove down road Bright to Wandiligong. Some plantation harvesting had taken place some months ago with the younger pines establishing themselves. Took road into range from main Bright road. Some evidence of high proportion of native forest in this plantation. There was also evidence that the pine wilding problem in this area was greater than any other plantation in Hancock's holdings (bar Rennick). Pines were outcompeting native forest in many cases. Photos were taken to show the level of pine infestation both inside native forest within the holding and native forest outside the plantation. A very big concern - due to the steepness of the slopes remedial work will be difficult to do and could be quite dangerous.

April 2006: Pine logging no buffers at this point.

ôSpecial Investigation: North-Eastern Victoria - Ovens Softwood Plantation Zone. Land Conservation Council 1981.

p11 Central Region To the north and east of the Eastern Boundary Fault lies an extensive area of mountainous terrain composed of Ordovician sandstones and mudstones that are less resistant to erosion than the rocks of the south-western region. The drainage pattern is dendritic and the streams are seperated by sharp ridges and spurs. The mountains to the south of Mount Buffalo are typical of this region, which extends east to Mount Beauty and north to Myrtleford.

In the north-west around Moyhu and Bobinalwarral the ridges of Ordovician sediments become buried beneath the alluvial deposits of the riverine plain. Within the region, exposures of granitic rocks have intruded into the surrounding Ordovician sediments. Intense heat associated with the intrusions has altered (or metamorphosed) the adjacent sedimentary rocks. The granite outcrops at Mount Buffalo and Mount Emu are extremely resistant, while the surrounding sedimentary rocks which are less resistant have been deeply dissected.

April 2006: International paragliding site with clearfell in background

In contrast, the granite in the Pinnacles area to the east of Myrtleford is more susceptible to weathering and erosion and as a consequence the terrain in this area is more subdued. A ridge of metamorphic rocks borders Happy Valley to the east of Myrtleford. Friable reddish and brownish gradational soils occur on the Ordovician sediments of this region, while the granitic rocks of Buffalo Plateau and Mount Emu exhibit a variety of soil types. Stony loams are characteristic of rocky outcrops while poorly drained sites contain organic loams and peats. Sandy loams and friable gradational soils are found on the lower slopes of these intrusions. The less resistant granitic rocks at the Pinnacles and Abbeyard carry a variety of gradational soils on the upper slopes and a range of duplex soils at lower elevations. The gradational soils are suitable for softwoods, but the poorly drained duplex soils are not.

Ovens River: The rivers all flow north, from heavily forested mountain country through excessive river flats to the Murray River. Murray cod populations close to the Murray River. Small river blackfish are common in many rivers, Macquarie Perch are still occasionally caught, and catches of golden perch are also being reported. Brown trout widely distributed through system with rainbow trout most abundant in upper reaches. Upstream from Myrtleford - Brown Trout to 1.3kg, some rainbow trout, small redfin and river blackfish.

April 2006: Logging in close vicinity to Morses creek.

Ovens River: Upstream from Myrtleford - Brown Trout to 1.3kg, some rainbow trout, small redfin and river blackfish.
Source: A Guide to the Inland Angling Waters of Victoria by BR Tunbridge, PL Rogan, CA Barnham. Department Conservation and Environment. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, 123 Brown St, Heidelberg, 3084. (4th ed - 1991)

93-130a : May 2006: Smouldering pines blanketed community with smoke.

93-130c : Mar 01: Pine wildings
Australian Newsprint Mill Ovens River Murray River Murray Cod Trout Cod Macquarie Perch Golden Perch River Blackfish Redfin Ovens (North East)