The Samaria Landscape Zone is located within the Goulburn Broken Catchment of Victoria. The Zone, which is approximately 111,000 hectares, covers sections of the Central Victorian Uplands and Highlands-Northern Fall bioregions, and the Local Government area of Mansfield and Rural City of Benalla. Since European settlement much of the vegetation in the valleys and plains has been cleared, leaving a fragmented landscape, with many of the remnants significantly modified.
Samaria BAP Zone Conservation Plan
BAP Conservation Plans above have been developed to help provide biodiversity conservation actions at a local level. These plans have built on knowledge and information contained within more broad scale bioregional and landscape plans which have been developed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment. These broad-scale plans have provided the bioregional and landscape scale planning for which these more local scale BAP Conservation Plans are based. For more information see the Additional Information section. Broadly, the BAP Conservation Plans detail:
- The landform, vegetation, and significant flora and fauna of the zone
- Conservation objectives for the zone
- Priority assets
- Priority actions required to protect and restore the assets
- Monitoring recommendations
The Samaria BAP Zone Conservation Plan is available by clicking HERE
BAP Mapping for the Samaria Landscape Zone
Through the BAP process, a combination of desktop analysis and limited ground-truthing has been used to map priority sites.
The maps of the priority sites for the Samaria Landscape Zone can be viewed by clicking HERE.
An explanation of the data provided in the attribute table can be found in the BAP Attribute Table Definitions document.
Landscape Context Map for the Samaria Landscape Zone
The Landscape Context Model (Ferwerda, 2003) aims to provide a vision for the BAP zone that moves towards landscapes that are more functional and sustainable. It highlights high priority areas for restoration where the assumption is that if we invest in doing works in these areas we will maximise the biodiversity outcome from these works. Small, isolated patches of vegetation have less of a long term future in terms of their value for flora and fauna, than large, well connected patches. The LCM categorises the BAP zone into High, Medium and Low connectivity priority areas. The LCM should be used complementary with the BAP mapping as it provides the strategic vision for a BAP zone (large scale planning tool), while the BAP sites aim to conserve 'the best of what's left' (smaller site-based scale).
The maps of the Landscape Context Model for the Samaria Landscape Zone can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Mapping information is also available as a BAP GIS layer. There is a significant amount of information stored within the associated attribute table. Further information on BAP mapping is contained within the BAP Zone Conservation Plans. A metadata document provides more detailed information on BAP metadata, including a description of the dataset, currency, status, access, quality and contact details regarding Biodiversity Action Planning (BAP) data for the Goulburn Broken Catchment. The Landscape Context Model is also available as a LCM GIS layer. For more information on obtaining the Biodiversity Action Planning CD containing this GIS data, please contact Goulburn Broken CMA on (03) 5820 1100 or email email@example.com.