Jewels in the Landscape: Managing very high conservation value ground-layers in Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands

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Section 1. Introduction to this Guide This guide aims to help managers recognise, understand and manage Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands that contain particularly high conservation value ground-layers with a diversity of native wildflowers. It draws on long-term scientific research to understand what makes the ground-layer diverse, and highlights management regimes that are beneficial or detrimental to this diversity. Key messages • This guide focuses on rare, very high conservation value diverse ground-layers in Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands, which are typically dominated by Kangaroo grass and/or Poa Tussock. • It aims to help land managers – including local councils, developers, community groups, natural resource managers, landcare groups and rural fire agencies – recognise and maintain the high biodiversity values of these woodland ground-layers. • The guide brings an ecological perspective, focusing on how the native plant diversity and weediness of the ground-layer depends on disturbance regimes (particularly fire, grazing and mowing). • Key research underpinning the guide was undertaken in the NSW Central and South West slopes regions. Many of its principles are relevant across the broader Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands of south-eastern Australia. • The guide can assist practical implementation of woodland management by providing background for developing a site management plan - a current legislative requirement for most lands administered by a government body.


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Stol, Jacqui; Prober, Suzanne. Jewels in the Landscape: Managing very high conservation value ground-layers in Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands. CSIRO Canberra: CSIRO; 2015.

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