Plantation within Dominance Industries (Alpine MDF Industries) area of supply.
Plantation within D & R Henderson/Monsbent area of supply.
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
Proclaimed Water Catchment Area: This plantation area is located in the Ovens River (Wangaratta) Water Supply Catchment.
MURRAY RIVER SUPPLIES WATER TO YARRAWONGA, COBRAM, BARMAH, ECHUCA ,
KERANG, PIANGIL, SWAN HILL, ROBINVALE, MILDURA
Hancock Watch Visit Feb 03: This plantation takes in the south east corner of the Merriang/Running Creek plantation region which extends for almost 15 km along the western side of the Buffalo River Catchment. Recent logging in the catchment had been extensive, although smoke haze from recent bushfires made photographs difficult to highlight the extent of the clearing. Generally it appeared that the Code of Forest Practices had been adhered to, although that does not imply that logging is sustainable. This plantation is approximately 400 hectares in size, most of which is radiata pine.
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 extenisive 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.
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.