The greenfield site includes a large area of eucalypts, planted as part of a farm tree planting scheme under the Albury Wodonga Development Corporation in the early 1990s.
The plantation is considered poor quality, with the majority of trees of poor structure and amenity, as well as providing limited habitat.
However, a zoologist will work with council and contractors to assist with wildlife management throughout the works with fauna surveys being undertaken in the lead-up to the works.
Removed trees will be processed and reused in a range of ways including instream habitat and bank stabilisation in regional waterways, landscaping features and mulch in our local parks and reserves, firewood, bollards and the creation of “fish hotels”.
The Baranduda Fields master plan was updated following the discovery of the nationally significant Sloane’s Froglet in the site's wetlands. The layout excludes works from the identified froglet habitat.