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Weeds and pests

Bridal Creeper 

Weeds and pest animals are invasive. Other than vegetation clearing, they represent the biggest threat to the survival of native plants and animals.

About 20 per cent of the vascular plants and 5 per cent of the vertebrates found in Victoria’s natural environment have been released been introduced in the past 200 years.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is responsible for setting the policy direction for managing weeds and pests on public and private land. DEPI and Parks Victoria are responsible for the managing established weeds and pests on public land, including in parks.

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Cinnamon Fungus

Cinnamon Fungus (Phytophthora cinnamomi) is a microscopic, soil borne pathogen (disease causing organism) that attacks and destroys plant root systems causing plants to die through

Marine pests

Marine pests are non-native plants or animals which can have a detrimental impact on native marine ecosystems. They are introduced into Australian waters via human

Pest animals

Australia's native plants and animals have adapted to life on an isolated continent over millions of years. Since European settlement native animals have had to


Invasive weeds are a serious threat to biodiversity in Victoria both on land and in aquatic environments. Weeds compete with native plants for space, nutrients

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Former rescue dog finds evidence of endangered tiger quoll in Great Otway National Park

17 Nov 2015

Ted is a member of the Otways Conservation Dogs, a team on a special mission to help protect the endangered Tiger Quoll from extinction. This week the former rescue dog made a very important discovery when he detected a wild quoll scat in the Cumberland Valley of the Great Otway…

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