Koalas occur across most forested parts of Victoria where there are suitable eucalypt species and adequate rainfall. Preferred species include Manna Gum Eucalyptus viminalis, Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus, Yellow Stringybark Eucalyptus muelleriana, and Mountain Grey Gum, Eucalyptus cypellocarpa. Preferences can vary from one region to another.

Although their diet is almost entirely eucalypts, they may be found in other vegetation including pine plantation where they may shelter in bad weather or move through between preferred habitats.

The South Gippsland population of Koalas has been recognised for its genetic diversity and health and therefore is highly valued for the ongoing conservation of the species.

Koala Management

HVP has a Koala Management Plan which sets out a number of initiatives or policies that HVP has in place to help maintain the koala population within Victoria. The‚Ä©management plan is called M.O.R.R.E. koalas.


  • Monitoring (biodiversity surveys/ census project)
  • Operating standards
  • Research (providing funding & in-kind)
  • Rehabilitation (supporting rescue & rehabilitation)
  • Enhancement (of habitat & connectivity).
Koala monitoring

Koala Monitoring
& Research

HVP has a program to monitor Koala locations and populations.

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Operating Standards

View our operating Standards for the management of Koalas during forest operations.

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Koala spotting prior to harvest operation
Koala in HVP Gippsland estate


HVP actively supports and works with organisations to rescue and rehabilitate Koalas.

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