Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Protecting grassland, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains


What determines revegetation success – survey

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A request to be involved in a survey………….

As part of a research project being undertaken by the Environmental Decisions Group at The University of Queensland, we are surveying restoration ecologists, practitioners and researchers across Australia involved in the revegetation of terrestrial native vegetation. The information obtained will provide the restoration community with important insights on the motivations for undertaking revegetation and factors that influence the costs and success of revegetation. The goal is to learn from revegetation practice across diverse sectors, so that the outcomes of revegetation can be improved in the future. Continue reading


Public Info Session on the EPBC ACT at Lake Bolac

An  information session on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) will be held next Wednesday 12 November from 5pm – 6:30pm, at the Lake Bolac Community Centre, Montgomery St (turn off Mortlake Rd), Lake Bolac (next to the Golf course).

Drew McLean and another colleague from the Compliance Section, Dept. of Environment in Canberra, will be coming down to Victoria next week to visit sites and meet with communities to discuss the EPBC Act and what it means to landholders and land managers. This applies to anyone who has, or thinks they may have, a listed Ecological Community on their property or on public land that they manage, such as: Grasslands, Grassy Woodlands or Seasonal Wetlands.

This is open to everyone – both public and private land managers/holders – so please forward this email onto your networks as soon as possible so we can get the message out there. Please RSVP to Aggie Stevenson either via email a.stevenson@ghcma.vic.gov.au  or by phone 0427 7 86 243 below by 11 November.


New research on Pseudemoia species

Skinks inhabit every part of the Australian continent and many skinks are very similar with only a few reliable external characters distinguishing species. There may be more species out there than we realise.

A new paper from Maggie Haines Phylogenetic evidence of historic mitochondrial introgression and cryptic diversity in the genus Pseudemoia (Squamata: Scincidae), provides new information on the hybridisation between these species in the high country, new information on the threatened Pseudemoia cryodroma, and important new information on what is looking like three taxa in the currently recognised P. pagenstecheri, including the rapidly disappearing form from the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

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