Tools for adaptive management
Ecosystem conceptual models
Parks Victoria has developed ecosystem conceptual models for the nine natural ecosystems that occur across Victoria (White 2010). For each ecosystem the conceptual models identify values, threats, processes and drivers of ecosystem health, as well as potential management responses or interventions.
Conceptual models form the foundation for development of Ecological Management Systems.
Conceptual models provide:
- A foundation for management plans
- Resources for developing conservation objectives and setting management and monitoring priorities
- A basis for localised or issue-based conceptual models.
Levels of Protection
Levels of Protection (LoP) is a tool Parks Victoria uses to plan and allocate resources by placing individual parks in a statewide context. Parks are grouped according to biodiversity and broad conservation objectives are allocated to each group.
LoP sets out management responses in a hierarchy so management and resourcing priorities can be determined. It allows for protected area planning and management to be conducted in a bioregional context.
LoP uses common elements advocated in the state and national biodiversity strategies.
Conservation objectives for parks
Parks Victoria is developing clear and measurable goals and objectives for the management of natural assets and threats to parks.
Conservation objectives state the desired condition of natural values in a park or parks which we are trying to achieve. Without clear objectives, evaluation and monitoring is unlikely to be able to answer the fundamental question of: How effective is our management?
A conservation objectives hierarchy for adaptive management has been developed.
30 Oct 2013
A meeting of the state government agencies leading the campaign against the highly invasive Hawkweed species is taking place at Falls Creek on 7 and 8 November. Three types of Hawkweed occur in Australia, two of which are only found in the Falls Creek area. The Victorian Government is working…
15 Nov 2013 7:00pm - 2 Mar 2014 9:00pm
Fun, low key club mountain bike racing held on Friday nights over the Summer
7 Dec 2013 9:00am-12:00pm
Mountain bike race starting at Kurrajong Picnic Ground. Suitable for novice & junior MTB racers.
11 Dec 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm
Festive season has arrived! Why not kick off summer with family, friends and colleagues by signing up to Emma & Tom's annual Christmas Run? Put the stress of Christmas shopping aside to enjoy a fun afternoon by Albert Part Lake. Don't forget to bring your picnic blanket along with some…
11 Dec 2013 8:15pm-9:15pm
The bat count is held once a month at dusk when the whole colony of 10,000 -20,000 bats fly out to feed around Melbourne’s suburbs. New counters are very welcome and much appreciated. Experience is not necessary as training is provided on the night. Wear comfortable shoes for walking, dress…
Back from the Alpine National Park Bioscan - find out more about what it was lik...Back from the Alpine National Park Bioscan - find out more about what it was like in the field from ABC Rural | Bush Telegraph.Wildlife survey uncovers unique alpine creatureswww.abc.net.auCrayfish underneath alpine bogs, small mammals breeding themselves to death and native bees building a chimney can all be found in Australia's unique alpine environment.View post | Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15.29
If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Saturday 7 Decembe...If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Saturday 7 December then why not pack a picnic dinner, grab some chairs and bring the family to Days Mill Historic Farm, located at Days Road in Murchison, for a free movie night. Part of Activities in the Park, a series of free events that Parks Victoria runs in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council from November till March 2014, the entertainment starts at 7.30pm with the Christmas themed movie ELF starring Will Farrell. For more information: http://bit.ly/1jiyOpJ Hope to see you there - Ranger Drue!View post | Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10.04
One of Victoria’s icon walks, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing was officially...One of Victoria’s icon walks, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing was officially launched last weekend. This 37km 3 day/2 nights walk links the resort villages of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham in the Alpine National Park. For further information visit our website: http://bit.ly/IHQaPaView post | Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16.18
We’re proud to be celebrating 21 years of International Day of People with Disab...We’re proud to be celebrating 21 years of International Day of People with Disability. Today Parks Victoria is at the 2013 Disability Sport and Recreation Festival @ Federation Square where an all terrain wheelchair will be on display and available for people to try. Festival information: http://bit.ly/19dKtP8 Further information about all-terrain wheelchairs: http://bit.ly/NYCsnHView post | Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10.43
The "Loo with a view” at Macalister Springs was officially opened on Saturday an...The "Loo with a view” at Macalister Springs was officially opened on Saturday and the angular-shaped windows should prove popular with hikers and photographers alike for the stunning views they offer of the Alpine National Park. Located next to the Vallejo Gantner Memorial Hut, the "loo with a view" replaces the old, deteriorating amenity."Loo with a view" officially open for businessThe "Loo with a view” at Macalister Springs was officially opened on Saturday and the angular-shaped windows should prove popular with hikers and photographers alike for the stunning views they offer of the Alpine National Park. Located next to the Vallejo Gantner Memorial Hut, the "loo with a view" replaces the old, deteriorating amenity.View post | Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16.45