Signs of Healthy Parks
Signs of Healthy Parks (SHP) provides a framework for systematic and integrated ecological monitoring of the health of the state’s ecosystems.
The SHP aims to:
- Provide a framework for park managers to assess the status and trends in the ecological health of parks, the threatening processes affecting priority park values and the effectiveness of management actions
- Provide early warnings of emerging threats to parks
- Enable the application of scientific monitoring information to integrate into management and decision making as part of adaptive management
- Provide a strong evidence base for evaluating and reporting on how objectives are being met at the park, ecosystem scale and parks network scale
- Foster partnerships and collaborative projects to design, implement and evaluate monitoring programs.
SHP is consistent with Victorian and Australian monitoring frameworks such as the Headline Indicators for the Victorian Government Land and Biodiversity Whitepaper and the Invasive Species Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.
SHP focuses on management objectives. It complements other monitoring programs for fire, threatened species and statewide forest monitoring. The results from monitoring programs inform our State of the Parks reporting.
Monitoring plans developed under SHP identify the key questions that need to be answered regarding the condition of park assets and the effectiveness of management programs. The plans then details the tools and techniques that should be used to answer these questions.
Monitoring protocols for a range of park assets and threats are used to ensure consistent monitoring standards are applied.
19 Mar 2014
Visitors strolling through Werribee Parks Gardens are now much less likely to be hit by a pinecone falling from one of the twelve Bunya Bunya Pine trees growing there. Park Horticultural staff and intern students took to the skies in a cherry picker to remove the huge cones which can…
5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 30 Apr 2014 12:00am
Award winning artist Minela Krupic is bringing her poignant and thought-provoking first solo exhibition Palimpsest to Point Nepean National Park. The Palimpsest exhibition explores the stories of migrants quarantined at Point Nepean through collected images of them. A palimpsest is a manuscript from which the text has been scraped or…
5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 20 Apr 2014 12:00am
Discover life in a Mansion at Werribee Park. Check out the full list of activities and book in here.
5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 20 Apr 2014 12:00am
Join Parks Victoria for some fun Junior Ranger activities at Point Nepean National Park. Check out the full list of activities here.
8 Apr 2014 12:00am - 20 Apr 2014 12:00am
This Easter, join a Parks Victoria ranger to discover the secrets and features of Victoria’s parks. A variety of Discovery Walks and tours including Junior Ranger activities for children and their families are available from 8 to 20 April. For more information and to book click here or phone 13…
Looking for an exclusive, hands-on conservation experience? Join our Parks Vict...Looking for an exclusive, hands-on conservation experience? Join our Parks Victoria Rangers on an exciting Naturewise Eco Escape to Point Nepean National Park http://bit.ly/1l4Htjn Photo: ©Marko SanovicView post | Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11.23
Ranger Rodolfo recently enjoyed a day snorkelling at Point Cooke Marine Sanctuar...Ranger Rodolfo recently enjoyed a day snorkelling at Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary. It was a beautiful, warm day and the water was very still making it perfect for spotting these wonderful creatures. Rodolfo recommends visiting Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary and Point Cook Coastal Park which are located a short distance from Melbourne and are very popular for snorkelling, picnics, BBQ’s and family time.View post | Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17.06
Weedy Seadragon and Blue DevilThe Weedy Seadragon and Blue Devil are just some of the amazing marine life underneath the waves of Bells Beach. Local surfers helped get the Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve included within the Marine National Park back in 2002.View post | Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12.01
It’s a lot different to Port Campbell where he usually works, but Ranger Trevor...It’s a lot different to Port Campbell where he usually works, but Ranger Trevor was keen get out and explore the area while he’s currently stationed at Queenscliff. Last week Trevor took his 12 year old cousin Mitchell to the Kinglake NP mountain bike area to ride Shepherds Track. Trevor said “The track is excellent, really fast and technical with some challenging sections. Well done to the team at Kinglake who got this track going”.View post | Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10.57
Recently Conservation Volunteers and Parks Victoria took park in the Melbourne B...Recently Conservation Volunteers and Parks Victoria took park in the Melbourne Bandicoot Break at Woodlands Historic Park. The project focuses on saving the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction through a number of exciting hands-on conservation activities. For further details http://bit.ly/1l0vzTiView post | Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16.29