Reserve Name: Mt Hardy Nature Conservation Reserve
Area: 26.7 ha
Location: Shire of York
Access: Quairading-York Rd
Custodian: River Conservation Society Inc.
Vegetation Assemblages: Medium woodland of York Gum (Eucalyptus loxophleba)
Waterways: Pitt Brook
Soil types: Red and grey deep sandy and loamy duplex
History: After considerable negotiations made on behalf of the R.C.S. over 5 years, Mt Hardy Reserve came under the management of the R.C.S. in 2009 when the parcel of land known as Lot 23 (part of the old Mt Hardy Townsite) was re-zoned.
Part of the reserve area (Lot 310 and 312) was placed under the management of the R.C.S. for the “Protection of Natural Landscape”. The remaining area (Lot 311) is under Native Title and was vested in the R.C.S. under a special licence agreement.
Fencing of the reserve was completed in 2009 using funding allocated by the Western Australian Department of Water’s Avon River Basin Fencing funds and using labour supplied by the Green Corp.
Mt Hardy reserve supports healthy stands of Salmon Gums (Eucalyptus salmonophloia) with intact understory which is uncommon in the region. Other plant communities within the reserve include Hakea preissii (needle tree) shrubland, Casuarina (sheoak) forest, mixed Eucalyptus loxophleba (York gum) and Acacia acuminata (jam) scrub and Eucalyptus wandoo sp. (wandoo) and Tammar scrub. Mt Hardy Conservation Reserve featured in the field tour of the 2009 Kwongan Colloquium: Biodiversity in the Wheatbelt.