Temperate grassland of the VVP
“The native grasslands of Victoria’s Volcanic Plain are listed as critically endangered under the Federal Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
The listing, reserved for species and ecosystems one step away from extinction, is a recognition of just how close Victoria’s grasslands are to being lost forever. Home to more than 25 nationally threatened species and already recognised as one of Australia’s 15 National Biodiversity Hotspots, the ecology of the Victorian Volcanic Plain has suffered terribly since European settlement.
Ninety-two per cent of its original native vegetation has been cleared and the few remaining patches, often on rocky outcrops unsuitable for intensive agriculture, continue to be destroyed through a combination of raised bed cropping and modern rock-crushing machinery.
In Melbourne’s outer western suburbs, which still retain intact patches of grassland, urban development and weed invasion are ongoing threats.”
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Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain (PDF – 2 pages, 187kB)
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Tags: grasslands, vegetation, VVP