River Red Gums - Hunter River Project

The planting of Eucalyptus camaldulensis has been a part of HRLN activities since 2008 and is ongoing, with the object of restoring stands of this tree to the Hunter River valley.

The Hunter valley once carried large stands of River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). Since European settlement numbers of this species are estimated to have dropped by more than 90%.  Hunter floodplains have been extensively cleared for agriculture and the hydrology of the Hunter Valley has also been altered dramatically with the construction of dams for flood mitigation.

River Red Gums depend on permanent or seasonal water for regeneration and for optimum health,  Most of the remnant Red Gums no longer receive periodic flooding. Local Red Gums have a unique status in NSW as the Hunter is the only coastal catchment where these trees occur naturally.

The Hunter Region Landcare Network (HRLN) works with landowners to help restore River Red Gums along the Hunter and its tributaries. This will provide habitat for birds, animals and aquatic indigenous species and help suppress weeds.

Beginning in 2009 volunteers planted trees in Col Fisher Park Singleton and on farms close by. The project aims to counter the loss of this tree from the Hunter Valley by using local provenance stock for the restoration.

How do I get involved?

If you have land bordering the Hunter River or a tributary and want to participate in the project by planting River Red Gums contact HRLN.