Devastating Destruction

Last week it was discovered that parts of environment in the Mt Evelyn Owl Land Reserve, along Hereford Rd, had been destroyed.

Many mature and healthy trees have been removed, ground has been compacted by heavy machinery and areas of native ground coverage has been cleared, much to the dismay of many locals and Mt Evelyn Environment Protection and Progress Association (MEEPPA) who look after the Reserve and monitor the ongoing welfare of a Powerful Owl family, and other native species who live there.

“This is a public reserve and is maintained only by money raised through sponsorships, other private grants and bequests along with many many hours of volunteer dedication.” said MEEPPA. “We are devastated with what has happened and really concerned how it will affect the pair of Powerful Owls that live on the Reserve as it’s breeding season which is the most sensitive time while they are laying eggs and raising their young.”

Initially there was some confusion online as a few trees had been cleared by the Yarra Ranges Council late last year after a heavy storm. But this clearance has occurred recently and has been done by a private contractor.

Sensitive environment destroyed
Destruction of trees and environment in the Owl Land Reserve. Please note: any depiction of residences or outhouses have been edited out to protect the privacy of the residents abutting the Reserve.

MEEPPA have been talking to a few Mt Evelyn residents and are currently in discussion with Yarra Ranges Council about the outcome of the destruction.

If you have any information about the destruction caused along the Owl Land Reserve please send an email to MEEPPA with details:

MEEPPA are also looking for locals who would like to help them with ongoing environment issues and helping maintain the Owl Land Reserve through working bees and other activities. Please contact them to find out more.