Land & Water Australia. 2007. Native Vegetation and Biodiversity . [Online] (Updated September 10th, 2009)
Available at: http://lwa.gov.au/node/330 [Accessed Tuesday 12th of March 2013 12:13:30 PM ].
Native Vegetation and Biodiversityprogram theme
With the introduction of native vegetation and biodiversity targets both nationally and across many catchments, and increasing community concern and expectations about environmental management, there is now even greater awareness about the importance of natural resource management (NRM) within the wool industry.
Encouragingly more than 55 per cent of woolgrowers who have native vegetation on their farm have already implemented NRM practices [Land, Water & Wool Best Practice Survey, 2003].
The Native Vegetation and Biodiversity Sub-program of Land, Water & Wool explored ways of managing landscapes so as to maintain enterprise profitability while meeting natural resource management objectives. It achieved this by working closely with woolgrowers, drawing on the research already undertaken through the Native Vegetation R&D Program managed by Land & Water Australia and undertaking new research on the links between wool production and biodiversity.
The primary objective of the Native Vegetation and Biodiversity Sub-program was to develop, test and promote options for integrating wool production and the protection, management and restoration of native vegetation and its associated biodiversity.
Native Vegetation and Biodiversity had five regional projects in the high rainfall and sheep-cereal zones. Within these projects, more than 70 families with commercial woolgrowing enterprises were directly involved with research projects on their properties, while a further 2750 woolgrowers were indirectly involved.
In order to deliver the research results to a larger group of woolgrowers, projects worked closely with wool initiatives such as 8x5 in Tasmania and BestWool 2010 in Victoria.