Different categories of remnant vegetation in a fragmented landscape.
Biolinks are essentially connected areas of ‘natural vegetation’ that allow native plants, animals, fungi .. all organisms, to migrate within and across a landscape. The Biolink Zones concept actually has strong Australian roots, that you can read a summary of Biolinks on Wikipedia.
Our State’s, our Country’s, our Planet’s current crop of biodiversity is facing its biggest challenge since …. a very long time, certainly many thousands of years, perhaps for ever! It’s not just about climate change; its also the cumulative impact of several hundred years of industrial production and consumption by humans. As a consequence we have slowly but surely squeezed out and replaced the plants, animals, whole ecosystems that once sustained us, with a much simpler agricultural landscape, much less able to adapt to fluctuations in climate. Whilst we need to conserve our high-quality arable land, we also need to conserve the remaining high-quality biodiversity assets in our local and fragmented landscapes, both from the point of view of biodiversity conservation, but also to help stabilize broader ecosystem & landscape function.
This project will work locally and regionally, with community groups and expert advice, to build on existing, broad-scale landscape plans to better identify biodiversity assets and biolink opportunities.
Conservation Plan for the Strathbogie Landscape Zone.
Conservtion Plan for the Hughes Creek Landscape Zone.
An integral part of developing local conservation plans will be the development of a Natural Areas Register, based on existing maps, that identifies natural areas on private and public land that contribute to the network of biodiversity assets in the SRCMN area.