Snow Gum Monitoring Project
The Mount Macedon region supports small but significant stands of Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora), which generally rely on cold conditions. As the climate warms, these Snow Gums are likely to decline, potentially leading to their local extinction.
To protect this iconic species, Macedon Ranges Shire Council is about to start mapping and monitoring Snow Gum populations with help from the local community, including three local Landcare groups, Parks Victoria and the Arthur Rylah Institute. Armed with baseline data, council can then make informed decisions about their ongoing management.
The project’s citizen-science approach is a pragmatic one – with such a large area to map, council cannot do this work on its own – but it’s also designed to raise community awareness of local climate impacts and actively involve private landholders.
Almost 90% of the Macedon Ranges comprises private land, so landholders have a critical role to play in safeguarding the shire’s natural environment.