THE STORY OF THE BLACK SHEOAK IN RUFFY

Allocasuarina littoralis – Black Sheoaks were once common across our tablelands.

The early settlers prized this wood for their combustion stoves – It burned very hot and was terrific for baking. Over the last 100 years most of them were cut down for firewood .

Rabbits and sheep find the young seedlings very tasty making regeneration almost impossible .

We have discovered 3 places where these trees still grow .

-On top of Mt Good Morning Bill .
-On the Ruffy Longwood Rd near Vic Fingers old place.
– In Terrip near the Old Yarck cutting rd.

Some seed from this tree on Mt Good Morning Bill was collected by CVA volunteers.

Seedlings were grown by the Euroa Arboretum and many have been planted back into the landscape.