Copperstone – growing for the future

WELCOME to Copperstone.

Copperstone is a 296-acre property situated in the Ravensthorpe Range, southern Western Australia.  It is approximately 50-kms from the Southern Ocean coastline and the town of Hopetoun and only a few kilometres from the town of Ravensthorpe.

Copperstone consisted of approximately 80-acres of established native bush with around 216-acres of fallow farmland.  The land is gently undulating and had been a pastoral lease since the mid 1800’s. Once part of a much larger parcel of farmland, Copperstone was purchased by its current owners in 2011.

In 2014, the owners talked to Justin Jonson from Threshold Environmental in Albany, Western Australia, about putting the fallow land back under native trees to eliminate weeds, salinity and to provide a wildlife habitat.  In 2015, a full reforestation project commenced as part of the 20-Million Trees Programme, a Federal Government and National Landcare initiative.  CO2 Australia contracted the project to Justin Jonson.

Weed eradication commenced, new fire tracks were graded and a complete burn-off was completed in October 2015.

Ravensthorpe experienced a very wet year from that point to October 2016, delaying the planting to a degree, however in the end, 14,000 native trees were planted on 175-acres. The remainder (approx. 35 acres) was left clear for future permaculture use.

Justin and his team from Threshold Environmental put an enormous amount of time and energy into the project and they will continue to monitor it until 2019.

The Fitzgerald Biosphere includes 41 species/communities listed as threatened in WA, 33 of which are listed in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth). Many are still subject to threatening processes including habitat and population fragmentation, weeds, feral animals and salinity. Under this project, endemic native vegetation will be re-established within the Fitzgerald Biosphere in line with the objectives of the Gondwana Link project and priority action of the Fitzgerald Biosphere Recovery Plan, including implementing off-reserve revegetation projects to link and enhance habitat critical for species that are highly susceptible to fragmentation.

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Feature photo: Main driveway – Copperstone.  Photographer: John Carlisle 

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