Legal Number: LEGL/93-77
Conservation Priority: High Conservation
THOMSON/LATROBE RIVER: Australian Grayling are found in some streams in the catchment. Used to have a large population of Blackfish, but due to desnagging, sedimentation and destruction of riparian vegetation these populations have declined.
This plantation adjoins plantation LEGL93-76. See that page for more information.
Area within PaperlinX area of supply.
Area within Planthard Hardwoods (Drouin West Sawmills) area of supply.
Area within Brown and Dureau Softwoods (Morwell) 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 Grand Ridge Plantations - Strzelecki Ranges and Gippsland Victoria
Responsible Authority: LaTrobe Shire Council
Plantation Catchment: About 3 tribs Morwell River West Branch/Morwell
Catchment Managment Authority: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
Morwell River, Morwell: Rises in mainly cleared hills, flows in a rock and mud bed through cleared river flats. Dense growth of willows on the banks below Boolara makes fishing difficult. Catchment is steep sided, and erosion has led to some of the middle and lower reaches becoming badly silted. A popular stream with local anglers. Some trout spawning occurs. Contains mainly brown trout to 560g, average is very small, also eels, spiny freshwater crayfish, carp, goldfish, tupong 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)
Hancock Watch Site Visit December 2001:
This plantation borders LEGL/93-76 to the north west and west and LEGL/93-78 to the west and south. The plantation is about 2 1/2km in length and is bordered by Livingston Track. There is some hardwood plantation within this plantation and radiata pine to the north.
Site Visit December 01: Entered plantation from Siggins Road. Small areas of non-plantation ash forest in the headwaters of two tributaries of the Morwell River West Branch on the western side of Livingston Road near the corner of Siggins Road. A few older ash trees present at these sites, the most northern of the two tributaries also had a couple of examples of the FFG listed Slender Tree Fern.