Strathbogie Ranges CMN
The Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network (SRCMN) was formed in early 2011 and works with a variety of partners (landholders, groups, Agencies) to tackle all variety of conservation, biodiversity and land management issues. Project topics and advocacy includes wetland (spring-soaks & bogs) protection, rocky outcrops and high conservation value forests, paddock trees, groundwater, appreciation of the ecological role of fungi, marsupial gliders and their habitat, landholder education and engagement.
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.
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.
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.
The Strathbogie Ranges are Taungurung country and the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation has RAP status across this area. The SRCMN recognizes the importance of traditional indigenous land management knowledge and has worked with Taungurung Elders on several projects – we hope to continue this relationship.
The SRCMN area is part of five local government areas: Benalla, Mansfield, Mitchell, Murrindindi, Strathbogie.
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.
The single largest commercial land manager is Hancocks Plantations, which manages the bulk of the softwood resources in the area.