Biodiversity underpins the health of our intimately connected natural and managed systems, especially agriculture. Biodiversity is under increased pressure from climate variability and change, and rapid changes in land and water use. After thirteen years of drought, the driest period on record, the message is clear: leadership is required to equip people, enterprises and environments adapt to these change.
Biodiversity Strategy for the Goulburn Broken Catchment 2016 -2021 is the next step of the journey in improving the resilience of ecosystems so that they continue to provide habitat for flora and fauna and to provide the ecosystem services for more immediate human needs such as the filtering of water, the pollinating of crops and the provision of aesthetically pleasing places to live and play.
Native Vegetation in the Shepparton Irrigation Region
This document was developed to provide detailed information on native flora in the SIR and allow easy identification of the varied vegetation covering the region from magnificent River Red Gums, through to sweet-smelling Bursaria, petite Tiny Stars and elusive Blue Caladenia's.
Threatened Native Vegetation Communities of the Goulburn Broken Region
An information package has been compiled by the DSE and the GBCMA to provide information on the identification, management and conservation of threatened grassy vegetation communities in the Goulburn Broken Catchment.
The vegetation communities highlighted in particular include:
- Grey Box-Buloke Grassy Woodlands,
- Northern Plains Grassland and
- Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands and derived grasslands.
In addition there are two documentaries 'Treasures of Our Grassy Woodlands' and 'Native Grasslands of the Victorian Riverina' which are a good introduction to the subject matter.
Volume 1: Native Vegetation Management Strategy
Volume 2: Native Vegetation Retention Controls - Regional Guidelines
Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) Information Sheets
The following information sheets provide an overview of the key components of each EVC and outline threats, management tips and key flora and fauna species. They also contain a description of the EVC, images of the EVC in different parts of the Catchment, a distribution map and, in most cases, comparative images of the EVC in good and degraded condition.