Strathbogie Ranges - Nature View

Ecology, landscape and natural history in the Strathbogie Ranges, Australia.

SR CMN

Strathbogie Ranges CMN

The Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network (SRCMN) was formed in early 2011 and has been going strong ever since. The  SRCMN  works with a variety of partners (landholders, groups, Agencies) to tackle all variety of conservation, biodiversity and land management issues, but is focusing on the most threatened ecosystems in the Ranges, including our precious wetlands (spring-soaks & bogs), rocky outcrops and high conservation value forests.

Where are the Strathbogie Ranges?

There are many groups and agencies involved in biodiversity conservation in the Strathbogies, for example:

  • Landcare Groups (Warreenbayne-Boho, Strathbogie Tableland, Swanpool, Hughes Creek Catchment Collaborative, Longwood East, Creightons Creek, Whiteheads Creek, Merton etc. Click the map link below.)
  • Australian Plant Society (Strathbogie, )
  • Euroa Environment Group
  • Friends of Euroa Arboretum
  • Ruffy Weekend Walkers & Highland Ramblers
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA)
  • University of Melbourne (Zoology, Hydrology)
  • Trust for Nature
  • Parks Victoria
  • Local Government (roadside reserves and planning controls)

And of course there are many landholders that do their best to encourage native flora and fauna conservation on their properties. Many of these groups have activities or responsibilities that include waterways and wetlands. Currently, there is limited communication between these groups and very little coordinated action. A CMN, made up of representatives from each of these groups, may be a tool to better focus our wetland conservation and management efforts, and lead to better outcomes.

Partners

The SRCMN is committed to working with any community group and Agency that has a role in advocating or undertaking biodiversity conservation in the Strathbogie Ranges region. To date, we have worked with: Warrenbayne-Boho Landcare Group (LCG), Swanpool LCG, Merton LCG, Strathbogie Tableland LCG, Longwood East LCG, Whiteheads Creek LCG, Highlands Landcare Network (LCN), Gecko Clan LCN, Longwood Plains CMN, Goulburn Broken CMA, Trust for Nature, Victoria and DELWP.  The operation of the SRCMN is managed by a Steering Committee, elected each year at it’s Annual General Meeting.

Landcare Groups in the Strathbogie Ranges CMN Area

There are almost 20 landcare groups in the SRCMN area (map, above): Ancona, Ballmattum-Sheans Creek, Bonnie Doon, Burnt Creek, Creightpn’s Creek, Gooram Valley, Highlands, Home Creek Spring Creek, Hughes Creek, Longwood East, Merton, Molesworth, Strathbogie Tablelands, Swanpool, Upper Hughes Ck, Warrenbayne Boho Landcare, Whiteheads Creek, Yea River, Yellow Creek-Dairy Creek.

Landcare Networks

The district also overlaps several Landcare Networks: Broken Catchment Landcare Network-Gecko Clan, Granite Creeks, Hughes Creek Catchment Collaborative, Upper Goulburn Landcare Network, Up2Us Landcare Aliance.

Other community groups

Other biodiversity focused community groups in the area include: Benalla Environment Group, Euroa Environment Group, Mitchell Environmental, Murrindindi Climate Action , Mansfield Environment and Climate Action Group, Friends of Seymour Bushland Reserve, and others.

Local Government

The SRCMN area is part of five local government areas: Benalla, Mansfield, Mitchell, Murrindindi, Strathbogie.

Government agencies

A variety of Victorian Government-funded agencies manage public land in our area: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Parks Victoria, Dept. of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, VicRoads.

Private industry

The single largest commercial land manager is Hancocks Plantations, which manages the bulk of the softwood resources in the area.

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