Would you like to take part in landscape restoration?
Would you like to increase and/or enhance native vegetation and wildlife habitat on your property?
Connecting Country works with landholders and community groups to undertake landscape restoration projects across the Mount Alexander Region, including properties on both public and private land. Typical ‘restoration’ activities that are supported include grazing regime change, revegetation and natural regeneration, protective fencing and the control of pest plants and animals. For eligible projects, Connecting Country may be able to provide technical advice, management plans, biodiversity assessments, work crews and incentive payments.
To date, Connecting Country has worked with over 200 landholders and groups to undertake restoration activities on their properties across an area of more than 6500 ha. We currently have one major program underway which is funding on-ground works. This program is called Connecting Landcscapes.
Connecting Country’s on-ground works projects are funded in a seven step process:
Step 1. Landholders or community groups contact Connecting Country to express an interest in undertaking a project on their property.
Step 2. After speaking with the landholder/group, Connecting Country conducts a desktop study of the property location to determine its eligibility for being involved in one or more of the current Connecting Country programs.
Step 3. (a) If the property is eligible for direct support, Connecting Country staff visit the property to undertake a site assessment. An inventory of plant species is recorded and any areas of native vegetation are mapped. Threatening processes are identified (e.g. weeds, rabbits). Potential project areas and management options are discussed with the landholder/group.
Step 3. (b) If the property is not eligible for direct support, Connecting Country will assist the landholder/group by providing technical information and contacts for other potential support. The property is also added to our database should new opportunities arise with Connecting Country in future. (No further steps for ineligible properties).
Step 4. Based on the site visit and the discussions with the landholder/group about project options, Connecting Country staff prepare a draft management plan which includes the findings of the site assessment, maps, photos, a description and timeline of management activities, and a project budget. The landholder/group provide feedback on the draft plan. After further reviews, a final version of the plan is then developed, which is acceptable to the landholder/group and also meeting the Connecting Country’s program criteria. (To view a sample management plan click here.) Most plans have a 10-year timeline for implementation. Only plans that are fully embraced and accepted by the landholder/group proceed to the next step.
Step 5. Connecting Country staff submit the final agreed version of the plan for review and endorsement by the Connecting Country Committee of Management.
Step 6. Once approved by the committee, the plan is ready for implementation. Funding documents and stewardship agreements are signed.
Step 7. During the first year of the plan’s implementation, Connecting Country will provide either direct monetary support and/or a works crew to undertake some of the more intensive on-ground actions. On-going technical advice and support is offered by Connecting Country for the life of the management plan.
If you or your group is interested in undertaking a project on your property, please fill in an expression of interest form to find out if your property is eligible. Post the form to PO Box 437, Castlemaine 3450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to find out more about the Connecting Landscapes program, call Jarrod on 03 5472 1594.
If you like further information on your local landscape, its biodiversity values and description on the ways in which is can be effectively managed to enhance these values, visit our resources page.