Since 2007, a team of Office of Environment and Heritage and National Parks and Wildlife Service staff, led by South East Regional Operations, has worked with community-based contractors and volunteers to survey koala populations in this part of the State and support the conservation of the surviving koalas.
The project is now focused on monitoring the population and managing the habitat both on reserves, parks and private lands to ensure there is enough diversity and quantity of koala food trees to sustain the population.
The monitoring program was designed with the help of the University of Canberra and is being implemented as part of the Saving Our Species Iconic Koala Project. Local contractors and volunteers continue to undertake the field surveys, and the results indicate the population is stable.
If you are interested in undertaking koala habitat regeneration work on your private land, please email the Saving our Species team.
Managing and restoring koala habitat
Office of Environment and Heritage is also working with National Parks staff and the local community to look at ways of improving the regeneration of trees preferred by koalas.
The study explores options for koala habitat rehabilitation in dense regenerated forest that characterises much of the study area.
Some trial plots have been set up to work out the best way to get the preferred trees to regenerate. Volunteers assisted with on-ground preparation at 1 of the research sites.
As part of this project, a koala habitat rehabilitation workshop was held at the Crossing Land Education Centre in May that made lots of seedballs.
The seedballs consist of a clay, peat mulch, cayenne pepper (to deter ant predation) and the seed of koala browse species that is mixed with water in a concrete mixer to form small balls that are dried and distributed. The balls disintegrate in prolonged wet conditions and so germination occurs in optimum conditions.