The Nerrena / Tarwin Valley Landcare group is the amalgamation of three original Landcare groups. The central western part of the group area (the old Nerrena LC group area) is predominantly Lowland forest, dominated by Messmate and and Peppermint trees. This forest type is still present on roadsides, as remnants in paddocks, and bush blocks. Where grazed the understory is usually missing and recruitment of new trees absent, as seedlings are eaten by stock. Eventually the remnants die back. The flatter areas around Stony Creek and Dumbalk are also Lowland forest.
In the Nerrena East area and the hills surrounding the Dumbalk district (the old Jindanook area) there was originally wet forest. The hills are steep, and the area has been extensively cleared. East of Stony Creek in the previously Stony Creek LC group area, the hills are likewise cleared wet forest. Blue gums in paddocks and roadside vegetation are clues to the original vegetation.
Some sections have been classified as Damp Forest as they contain understory plants which are found in both Lowland forest and Wet Forest. These are usually in sheltered areas.
Along the Tarwin River and it's tributaries Riparian vegetation is present. Strzelecki gum is important here as it mainly occurs in Gippsland.
There are areas of Bog gum Heathlands around the Stony Creek Racecourse, at Tarwin along the rail trail and south of the SG Highway towards Tarwin Lower. Bog gum is endemic to Victoria and has a limited distribution. The shire of South Gippsland is its stronghold.
The different types of vegetation are known as Ecological Vegetation Classes. These broad classifications of original vegetation help us to understand what species we need to plant when planning a vegetation replacement or restoration project. Using the right native species for the area means they have a better chance of good growth, as conditions should be right for them to flourish. Native animals have also adapted to use specific types of native vegetation for food and shelter, so replanting, protecting remnants and enhancing native vegetation gives them the best chance of thriving.
Landcare interactive map
Here is link to the Landcare interactive map. Use the map to find your property. Clicking on the map will show you the ecological vegetation classes (EVC) of the point chosen. There are also online tools that allow you to measure distance and area.
Plant lists for EVC 30 Wet Forest and EVC 29 Damp Forest
Plant lists for EVC 16 Lowland Forest & EVC 23 Herb Rich Foothill Forest
Plant lists for EVC 18 Riparian Forest and EVC 191 Riparian Scrub
Plant list for Ecological Vegetation Class 8 Wet Heathland
Revegetation guidlines for shelterbelts and windbreaks
This fact sheet was produced as a guide to assist in designing, managing, and maintaining corridors
and buffers on your property by the Goolwa-Wellington LAP Region. The information in the fact sheet is applicable to anyone planning a tree planting on their property.
Indigenous Plants of South Gippsland Shire brochure
This brochure is produced by the Shire of South Gippsland and contains a list of local indigenous, endemic plants.