Conservation programs and information

Greening Program

The Urban Biodiversity program of Greening events and citizen science initiatives are branded under the Live Green banner. These nature-based events attract over 1,000 participants on average each year, with 12,000-15,000 indigenous seedlings planted annually by Friends and other community groups, corporate volunteers and school students, along creeks and in Council reserves. View the Greening Program Calendar to find community planting events near you.

River Red Gum Stress

River Red Gums, with their thick trunks and gnarled limbs, are iconic, majestic features of the Hume landscape. Numerous rural properties still feature scattered River Red Gums, and these beautiful trees have captured the hearts of many.

Red Gums are a large eucalypt tree. They can grow up to 45m tall but usually grow to 20–30m and they can live for 500–1000 years.

Red Gum forests and wetlands provide valuable habitat for biodiversity. These trees are important breeding, nesting and feeding grounds for a range of bird species. Native mammals, such as echidnas and kangaroos, make their homes in the shelter of these trees.

Over the decades this versatile tree has survived long-term drought, urban development and fire and today they face new challenges within the Hume landscape; significant stress from possums and lerps.

For further information, please see our River Red Gum Stress Fact Sheet.


Land and Biodiversity Guidelines

The Land and Biodiversity Guidelines is a series of fact sheets which have been developed as a resource to assist rural landowners and community groups to protect and improve natural resources and rural land. Below are each of the fact sheets.


Hume - A Natural History
Hume - A Human History
Waterways in Hume
Hume's Flagship Areas
Hume's Vegetation
Endangered Species in Hume


Legal Responsibilities as a Landowner


Weed Control Methods
Pest Animals
Grazing of Native Grasslands
Pets and Wildlife


Retention of Native Vegetation
Encouraging Natural Regeneration
Revegetation of Land in Hume
Windbreaks as Wildlife Habitat
Living with Wildlife
After a Fire - Burnt Trees


Help and Support
Preparing a Land Management Plan
Undertaking Photopoint Monitoring


The documents below provide information about Hume's natural heritage:


Further information

For additional information you can visit the websites of organisations that are involved in the management of natural heritage.

Merri Creek Management Committee
Environmental coordination and management agency for the waterways of the Merri Creek Catchment.

Department of Sustainability and Environment
Victoria's lead government agency for sustainable management.

Melbourne Water
Manage Melbourne's water supply catchments and the health of all waterways in greater Melbourne.

Greening Australia
Organisation that works to protect and restore the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes.

Landcare Victoria
Landcare is a joint effort between the community, government and business to protect and repair our environment.

Victorian Environmental Friends Network
The Network exists to help represent the common interests of all Friends groups in Victoria.

Healthy Waterways Waterwatch
Healthy Waterways Waterwatch is a free, fun and hands-on river education program that supports community members, schools and businesses to be actively involved in monitoring and protecting the health of our rivers and creeks.

Conservation Volunteers Australia
Conservation Volunteers Australia coordinates volunteers to participate in projects that protect or enhance our environment and heritage.

Updated : 3:28 PM, 29 March 2017

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