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The process of developing a restoration enterprise based on funding through biodiversity offsets though purchase and restoration of land containing threatened temperate grassland on the Victorian Volcanic Plains of Victoria, Australia will be described. Eighty ha of land was purchased and permanently protected as it contained a high-quality example of threatened temperate grassland, albeit with significant weed cover, of which less than 1% remains in Victoria. Funding was obtained through offset funds from developers and came with six separate management plans demonstrating that the available offsets were adequate to compensate for the losses from development. The six management plans for different portions of the site had varying requirements that were integrated into a general management and monitoring plan. Site-wide procedures were developed to ensure that the requirements of each individual management plan are met while implementing effective management for the entire site. Biomass control is essential in temperate grasslands for maintaining flora and fauna diversity so regular fire or grazing is essential. The management process primarily requires regular burning cycled through the site and weed control is focussed on targeting weeds after burning because it is then most efficient and effective. An overview of the management and monitoring plan will be presented to illustrate the complexity of obtaining offset funding for protecting and restoring threatened vegetation and habitats. The long term aim of being a significant and reliable source of seed for direct seeding of new temperate grasslands in the local area will also be discussed.
Audio/Video, Conference Presentation, SER2019
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Society for Ecological Restoration