The ACT’s Box-Gum woodlands are nationally significant, and are among the most functional remaining examples of these communities. They exist within nature reserves and on private land. Significant patches of woodland also straddle the ACT/NSW border, such as the ‘Greater Goorooyarroo’ landscape.
- Improving connectivity and wildlife corridors
- restoring habitat through replanting, reintroducing woody debris and surface rock and weed and pest animal control
- recovery of threatened and declining bird populations
Recognising the significance of the ACT’s woodlands and their potential for restoration, a woodland restoration program has been developed across lowland areas, including within the Murrumbidgee River Corridor. This program aims to protect, consolidate and connect 60,000 hectares of the largest remaining box-gum grassy woodland landscape in Australia through on-ground restoration and regeneration works.
The program is restoring five distinct woodland blocks (‘landscapes’ – see map inset). Significant restoration works have already commenced along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor (2008–present), Belconnen Hills (commenced 2011), Greater Gooroyarroo (commenced 2012), Majura Valley (commenced 2013), Callum Brae (commenced 2014) and areas linking the Kama Nature Reserve with the Stony Creek Tributary running into the Murrumbidgee River (2014).
The program is funded by the Australian Government (over $3 million from 2011–2018) and the ACT Government ($1 million) and is being implemented as a partnership between ACT Natural Resource Management (NRM), ACT Parks and Conservation Service and Greening Australia.
Local Landcare groups also contribute significant time and resources to help woodland restoration program efforts, including Ginninderra, Molonglo, and Southern ACT Catchment Groups, Parkcare groups, Aboriginal people and rural landholders.