Farming and nationally protected grasslands and woodlands of the Victorian volcanic plain

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2009

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The natural temperate grasslands and the grassy eucalypt woodlands of the Victorian volcanic plain have severely declined since European settlement. While the grasslands and grassy woodlands once occurred across much of the volcanic plain, they have contracted to less than five per cent of what they once were. Of this, very little now remains in original condition.

The natural temperate grasslands and the grassy eucalypt woodlands have both been listed as critically endangered under national environment law. The listing does not stop farmers from continuing to do what they have been doing on their land. In many cases, supportive farming practices have helped keep the remaining grasslands and grassy woodlands in good condition.

If farmers have the protected ecological communities on their property and want to change the way they use their land — for example, develop or clear their property — they may need federal government approval.

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