Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Want to be friends with a forgotten woodland?

For anyone who especially loves Silver Banksia, Drooping Sheoak and Sweet Bursaria – or any other woodland species really! The Friends of Forgotten Woodlands Inc. focus on the VVP and are trying to restore genetically diverse populations and seed orchards of key species that are quickly disappearing from the VVP.

They need a minimum of 50 members to gain certain status which will allow us to operate as an independent Friends Group.

Here is a link to the membership form and membership is only $10. If paying directly into the bank account don’t forget to add your name so they can match the paperwork.

VVP Grassy Eucalypt Woodland Grant Applications

The Australian Government is seeking applications from eligible groups or individuals interested in undertaking a tree planting project as part of the 20 Million Trees Program. Applications are invited for projects seeking funding between $20,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive) link.  Before you dismiss this as an opportunity on the VVP, it does apply to Grassy Eucalypt Woodland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain and some threatened species.

Trees and shrubs with a potential height of at least 2 metres when mature will count towards the 20 million tree target. Understorey species will also be considered for funding to ensure that locally appropriate vegetation structures are achieved.

Round Three of the Program will only fund Projects that directly benefit Threatened Species and/or Threatened Ecological Communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act). Fencing materials and seed collecting are eligible for funding.  Read the guidelines.  Closes Tuesday 15 August 2017.

Help build a national picture of ecological changes

CSIRO Land and Water and the Department of the Environment and Energy are undertaking an exciting project to collect stories and anecdotes that will help to build a national picture of the kinds of ecological changes that have been occurring across the country over the past 10-20 years, or more. We are looking for people with strong links to Australian environments (e.g. farmers, natural resource managers, ecologists, naturalists) to share their perceptions of recent ecological change in an area they know well, and how this might link with climate or other change. Continue reading

Succession-planning for Family Farms

This session, run by experienced facilitator Jeanette Long, will cover things to consider when transitioning the farm from one generation to the next. Thursday 29th June – 10am followed by lunch, Inverleigh Public Hall, 71 High St, Inverleigh.

RSVP to Elissa on 0438 525 502 or

The flier says RSVP by 23rd June but up until 28th June is fine. There is also an evening session at Karwarren on 27 June.

Applied Aquatic Ecology Autumn 2017

Here is the latest  ARI Applied Aquatic Ecology Update – Autumn 2017

The Applied Aquatic Ecology section, within the Arthur Rylah Institute (DELWP), aims to undertake high quality ecological research that supports and guides sustainable ecosystem policy and management.
We continue to focus on improving the way our science is communicated to inform current and future management. Continue reading