This is not a how-to manual. It is a guide that will lead you quickly and easily to the best information currently available about native vegetation management at property scale. It doesn’t matter what part of Australia or type of landscape you work in, whether on the coast, in the central deserts, cold temperate highlands, warm tropics or elsewhere. You might be a leading producer or their advisor, part of a group or an individual involved in land management. As well as taking practical action, you might influence the vegetation management actions of others. Chances are, like many other managers of rural, near-urban and urban environments, you’re faced with a native vegetation or biodiversity management issue and want to do something about it. This directory will help you to make more informed native vegetation management decisions.
Rather than needing to be read from cover to cover, this book summarises and directs you to practical information, research findings and management reports that will help you with planning and decision-making at property level. This means you can start reading at any point, depending on what you want to find out. This guidebook will give you a brief summary of the best information available on the topic you are interested in. This may be sufficient for your needs, otherwise you can go to the source document (many of these are on the CD) for more detailed information. Suggested ‘actions’ and ‘research and development tips’ are highlighted throughout. You’ll also find them summarised in a checklist towards the end.
A complementary guide, Native Vegetation and Regional Management . also has significance to native vegetation management at property scale, as changes at a regional scale impact at a property level and vice versa. The regional guide also provides material on the theory underpinning the management practices outlined in this report. Many of the principles and approaches that apply at this larger scale can have equal relevance to property scale, particularly where size is large or where neighbouring property managers are working towards common goals. Understanding where property management fits in the landscape and regional scale will also be critical in meeting regional native vegetation and biodiversity targets being developed across Australia.
Box 1: Who is this guide for?