Well-managed native vegetation on farmland can benefit production and conservation efforts. QMDC staff are working with landholders and industry groups to develop and implement vegetation plans that deliver these goals.
Vegetation planning is a major component of Sub-catchment Planning and is done across a group of properties providing opportunities to better manage it, to connect up important areas of vegetation and to tackle common problems across the landscape.
The first step in developing a vegetation plan is to look at what's currently known about the biodiversity value of the area. This involves:
- mapping Regional Ecosystems
- identifying high value biodiversity areas
- assessing vegetation linkages across the landscape
- reviewing the list of endangered, vulnerable and rare species for an area
- assessing the condition and trend of remnant and non-remnant vegetation, and
- property visits to ground truth the information collected.
This information is gathered together by QMDC and provided to Sub-catchment groups. We then work with groups to develop group and individual vegetation management plans.
These plans may look at linking up corridors of vegetation, such as along creek lines, revegetating or fencing off important areas, managing fire or weed and pest control.