Efforts to restore the Upper Murrumbidgee River corridor at Bumbalong have been underway for the last year. The objective is to connect the high quality habitat of the Bredbo (Black Rock) Gorge and Colinton Gorges where a number of threatened native fish species are found.
Bush Heritage Australia’s Scottsdale Reserve is situated at the upstream end of the project area, including both the bottom end of Black Rock Gorge and the top end of the Bumbalong Valley. So it's a key foundation from which to rebuild habitat connectivity along the river.
After a large focus on blackberry and willow control (lots of it!) the project is now getting to the most rewarding part – the revegetation! This is kicking off with a big autumn planting of 5,000 plants, including at Scottsdale Reserve.
Restoring such a large area is a huge task, but luckily we have been getting some great help, including the Campbell Page Green Army team and Bush Heritage Australia volunteers which have kicked off plantings with 850 plants being planted during March.
More plantings will follow in April and May involving local landholders, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Greening Australia and Canberra Institute of Technology student volunteers.