2011 – 2013
Funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program
The Monaro Landscape Connectivity project aimed to work with land managers to actively manage patches of native vegetation across the Monaro region in the Murrumbidgee catchment. Land managers were also involved in the application of Indigenous land management practices on their property.
The project was delivered as a partnership between Murrumbidgee Landcare, Kosciuszko to Coast and the former Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (now Riverina Local Land Services).
In addition to receiving a tailored management plan for the protection of native vegetation patches on their properties, landholders had the option of entering into an agreement with the Murrumbidgee CMA to receive funding to assist them in managing native vegetation on their property, including:
- Fencing to manage stock access,
- Strategic planting of native trees and shrubs, and
- Controlling exotic plants.
In selecting patches of native vegetation to protect, patches were required to be greater than 10 ha (or 5 ha for grassland vegetation). Preference was also given to patches that were connected (within 1 km) to another area of native vegetation (woody or grassland). Connectivity is important as it allows native species to move between areas of habitat for foraging and breeding.