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.

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

Ecologically resilient grasslands

Chris Helzer, who is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska, writes ‘The Prairie Ecologist’ blog. He recently presented a webinar through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, entitled Using and Fire and Grazing to Maintain Productive and Ecologically Resilient Grasslands.  He discussed what ecological resilience is and how it relates to prairies, and talked about various ways prescribed fire and grazing can be used to manage prairies for biological diversity and resilience.  If you’re interested in this topic and have 45 minutes to spare, a recording of the webinar is available for anyone to watch at this link.



Listen to the author of Dark Emu

Listen to this fascinating discussion with Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch in Conversation at The Wheeler Centre. Bruce is the author of Dark Emu. If you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, listen to this while you are driving. ‘The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing – behaviors inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag,’ Bruce has said. link

SWIFFT Conference Notes

Blue Devil

The notes from the last SWIFFT video conference are now available. You might be able to get some last minute ideas if you are completing the biodiversity grant applications that are due today. There were several Threatened Species Initiative case studies presented.

Also included is an overview of the timelines involved in the new Biodiversity Plan. If you know nothing about SWIFFT here is the link to find out more.

Wetland Plant Identification Course

For anyone interested in wetland plant identification and ecology registrations are now open for the Wetland Plant Identification Course in October 2017.

The course will run over 3 days and participants can elect to do 1, 2 or all 3 days.

Each day will focus on a different wetland habitat and be timed to follow the wetting and drying of the stunning Reedy Lagoon at Gunbower Island or nearby wetland.


More information, the 2017 flyer, program and to view feedback from past participants here

You can go straight to the registration page here or previous wetland articles are here