Land management

In May 2012 the Co-op received a Communities for Nature grant from the Department of Sustainability and Environment to carry out a project called Framework for Strategic Action: Weeds.

 

The objectives of this project were:

To undertake a comprehensive field survey that maps and assesses native vegetation quality and the impact of weeds.

To produce a priority-setting framework for managing the environmental impact of weeds based on:

  • protecting the zones that have the greatest biodiversity values,

  • identifying the most threatening weeds,

  • and preventing new and emerging weeds from establishing.

To use this framework of prioritised actions to guide our on-ground works.

To engage Members in the project.

The result of the first objective is the report Weed Mapping and Management Strategy produced by Karen Jolly and Dylan Osler.

Since then, much work has been done, including the development of a comprehensive flora strategy and various reports.

 

You can access our Flora Strategy and Reports here:

Overview of Flora Management Strategy 2012 to 2020

This report was prepared in response to the following request by Nillumbik Shire Council: "given there are so few examples of successful 'asset protection' weed management programs of this nature, are you able to produce a 1-2 page summary of your approach as an educational tool for council and other land managers."

Flora Management Strategy

This report is an on-going work in progress. It is the overarching document summarizing all objectives, actions and progress, with annual updates. Report on Protection of Locally Threatened Flora.

Report on Protection of Locally Threatened Flora 

This report is an on-going work in progress. It covers the development of methodologies to be adopted to achieve objectives. It also records all actions and progress for each targetted species, with annual updates.

Report on Burgan Control

This report covers the development of methodologies to be adopted to achieve objectives. It also records all actions and progress, up to 2017. For records of all actions and progress, since 2017, refer to Work Party Manual.

Report on Environmental Weed Control

This report covers the development of methodologies to be adopted to achieve objectives. It also records all actions and progress, up to 2017. For records of all actions and progress, since 2017, refer to Work Party Manual.

Report on Ehrharta Eradication Project

This report covers the development of methodologies to be adopted to achieve objectives, through to all consultant reports for this 6-year project spanning from 2015 to 2020.

Work Party Manual

This report is an on-going work in progress. It defines management guidelines and methodologies to be adopted to achieve the Strategy objectives. It is progressively updated to record all actions and progress on the various aspects of the Flora Strategy since 2017.

Report on Photopoint Survey

This report covers methodologies and results of the Photopoint Survey, commenced in 2012, to monitor vegetation changes over time at 100 locations on the Co-op