Plantings give peas a chance

An endangered native legume has been re-introduced into the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park.

The once abundant Mountain Swainson-pea declined significantly after European settlement and has not been seen in Victoria for five years. It is now listed as a threatened and endangered species in Victoria. 

“This is the fourth of the five-year program that has resulted in Swainsona recta populations being established on 10 secure public and private land sites within the North East catchment,” Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s senior biodiversity officer, Glen Johnson, said. 

DELWP, North East Catchment Management Authority, Friends of Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park and Parks Victoria on Tuesday planted, staked and guarded about 250 seedlings in the park. 

About 600 seedlings, propagated and raised by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, will be planted this year, with more than 1000 seedlings planted during the project so far.