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Native Grass Strategy for South Australia 2, Management of Native Grasses and Grassy Ecosystems for sustainable productions and biodiversity conservation

The Native Grass Strategy for South Australia 2: Management of native grasses and grassy ecosystems for sustainable production and biodiversity conservation (pdf~4.9Mb) is the major component of the project funded through the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board in 2008/2009 from the Strategic Reserve Program.  This document Native Grass Strategy for South Australia 2: Management of native grasses and grassy ecosystems for sustainable production and biodiversity conservation is the second of two Native Grass Strategies for South Australia and focuses on sustainable production and biodiversity conservation. This Strategy has areas which are common the first Strategy, Native Grass Strategy for South Australia 1: Broadacre Adoption and Seed Production of Native Perennial Grasses in Agriculture, and therefore readers may find similarities and minor overlap between the two Strategies.

The aim of the project was to gain recognition for the role and significance of native grasses in sustainable production and biodiversity conservation within South Australia. The project was developed around a framework based on three major strategy themes of consideration:

  • Ecology and biodiversity of native grasses and grassy ecosystems;
  • Management of native grasses and grassy ecosystems for sustainable production;
  • Management of native grasses and grassy ecosystems for biodiversity conservation; and
  • Native grasses and grassy ecosystems and related land management issues.

This has been enabled through an extensive review of the literature, interviews of key native grass researchers and practitioners, and surveys of key people affiliated with native grasses. The Native Grass Strategy 2: Management of native grasses and grassy ecosystems for sustainable production and biodiversity conservation (hereinafter referred to as Strategy 2) provides a review of native grasses in relation to grassland ecology and their disturbance; the role of native grasses in sustainable economic production, conservation and maintenance of biodiversity; remediation and management of native grasslands, and associated land management issues. The working Strategy 2 document integrates, directs and enhances biodiversity conservation and sustainable production of native perennial grasses and grassy ecosystems in both agriculture and conservation areas containing native grasses. Future stimulation of acceptance and uptake of the Strategy 2 will be facilitated by implementation of recommendations and ‘best practice’ approaches reviewed within the Strategy 2.

Contact: Jodie Reseigh