Victoria’s giant trees: a contemporary survey

Friday, April 1, 2016

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The huge base of 'Darejo', Eucalyptus denticulata-14.3m in girth

Victoria's largest tree paper published in the Victorian Naturalist. This recently published paper is a thorough documentation of Victoria's giant trees - and sadly their loss. It suggests the government should protect all trees over 3m diameter or the giants will be lost in our landscape.

Victoria’s largest trees occur in the high rainfall, wet sclerophyll forests of Southern Victoria. Reaching heights of over 90m and girths of 20m they are of cultural, historical and scientifc importance. Once relatively common in the mid to late 19th century, land clearing, logging and frequent fires over the past 160 years have greatly reduced their number. The objective of this study was to undertake a comprehensive survey of the location and condition of Victoria’s remaining giant trees. A further objective was to raise the public profile of giant trees in Victoria.