Native vegetation defines the character of the Australian landscape. The management of this vegetation affects sustainable primary production, soils, salinity, water yield and quality, wildlife, and other natural resource management issues. How native vegetation is managed also affects the people who live with it. There is a growing awareness of the values of natural areas and a clearer understanding of the state of the environment and the roles that native vegetation plays in maintaining environmental values.
Decisions about the management of native vegetation, including planning, prioritising and allocation of resources often occur at the catchment or regional scale. Management actions occur at the scale of the property. Native vegetation is managed by the paddock, patch, tree belt, remnant and river bank by individuals, small groups or small teams. The type of information required by these managers is different to that required by regional or catchment vegetation managers.
In recent years, rapid advances have been made in gathering information to guide native vegetation management. From a small knowledge base we now better appreciate the problems, knowledge gaps and actions needed to improve, restore and maintain native vegetation. This information includes substantial research, as well as numerous publications, tools and courses designed to make the research accessible to vegetation managers.
Information can only be converted into action when vegetation managers can access, understand and use it. Greening Australia, as an organisation built on converting information into on-ground action, knows how important it is to sort the wheat from the chaff amongst the wealth of resources available. Property managers, extension agents, advisors and natural resource managers don’t always have the time to find just the right snippet of information they need.
Greening Australia has produced Native Vegetation and Property Management to make the job of finding and using information about native vegetation management easier. It represents the collective experiences and knowledge of researchers and managers on planning and managing native vegetation at property level.
We trust that it will make your job easier by directing you to the best available resources to help you manage native vegetation.
Chief Executive Officer