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Working together for biodiversity in the Upper Murray region

Friday 7 September, 2018

Biodiversity in the Upper Murray Region of Victoria

Five land managers are working together to protect four unique species at four locations in North East Victoria.

Parks Victoria, HVP Plantations, Landcare and local landholders, with funding provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Biodiversity On-Ground Actions (BOGA) Initiative, are implementing programs to protect and conserve the Shelley Leek-orchid, the Booroolong Frog, the Narrow-leafed Wattle and the Striated Sun-moth.

The four-threatened species were only discovered in the Upper Murray in recent decades. The BOGA Initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity 2037 plan to to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment so it is healthy, valued and actively cared for.

The Shelley Leek-orchid is found nowhere else except for a small area of bushland surrounded by pine plantations north of Shelley and is critically endangered.

The Booroolong Frog is critically endangered with the only two Victorian populations occurring in the Mount Lawson State Park and in remnant habitat on the Burrowye and Guys Forest Creeks.

Only around 40 trees of the Narrow-leafed Wattle exist in Victoria on the north-east edge of the Mount Lawson State Park and adjacent private property – but the BOGA Initiative is set to see this number increase ten-fold.

One of the only two known populations of the Striated Sun-moth in Victoria occurs in an annually slashed firebreak of native grassland between pine plantations and the Murray Valley Highway at Shelley.

Weeds such as Blackberry, St John’s Wort and Sweet Vernal Grass are the main threats to these species as they crowd out native plants and smother habitat. The Narrow-leafed Wattle is also at risk from grazing by introduced animals such as deer and rabbits.

BOGA Initiative works include weed control, species population surveys, Narrow-leafed Wattle planting and community extension programs.

The BOGA Initiative continues until June 2020.

Quotes, attributed to Parks Victoria Project Officer Anthony Thomas

“Victoria’s parks are home to more than 4,300 native plants and around 1,000 native animal species. Some plants and animals are unique to Victoria. The park system protects these native species and the habitats they live in.”

“Parks Victoria is pleased to partner with multiple agencies on this project where already we have been fortunate to uncover some fascinating species in the Upper Murray region.”

Quotes, attributed to DELWP Natural Environment Program Officer Glen Johnson

“The wonderful biodiversity of the Upper Murray region is not restricted to the parks and reserves, but is also found on farms and even in valuable native remnant bushland surrounded by pine plantations. These areas benefit from partner agencies, community groups and landholders working together to protect and enhance important conservation values.”

“Recent surveys of the Booroolong Frog and the Striated Sun-moth show that these species are in good numbers, but their area of occupation is small and their long-term survival depends on active and ongoing habitat protection.”

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