This guide has been developed to assist landholders in identifying grasslands and grassy woodlands on the Victorian Volcanic Plain, to make decisions on how to improve biodiversity values on their own land, as well as on the broader landscape.
This guide, combined with local knowledge, can be used to protect and improve the unique flora and fauna of our volcanic plains grasslands and grassy woodlands.
Victoria’s native wildflower grasslands and grassy woodlands originally extended across huge areas of Victoria and are today exceedingly rare.
Temperate grasslands and grassy woodlands are now highly fragmented within the Victorian Volcanic Plain with less than five per cent of the original extent remaining. Less than one percent are thought to be intact and of high diversity.
Many remnant patches are small in size and continue to face pressures from weeds, feral animals and human activities, causing a decline in biodiversity along with the ability to maintain ecosystem function.
The magnitude of decline in these communities has been recognised as a critical biodiversity issue at both state and national levels. These grassy communities are listed as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988) and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).
This guide is a tool for future generations to enjoy, and for the continued survival of many threatened flora and fauna species, It is crucial to engage with community and landholders to raise awareness and understanding of these unique ecosystems. .
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