Myer - K2C Grasslands Project
Myer Foundation – K2C
Native Grasslands Sustainability Symposium, ANBG Crosbie Morrison Building Canberra
Thursday 21 May 9:00 – 5:30
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided
The Symposium is open to participants in the Myer Foundation – K2C Native Grasslands Project and invited guests in the first instance. See Sessions and topics
Others wishing to attend as observers can RSVP by the due date for remaining places. The cost for public observers, corporate and government guests is $100. Download Symposium Notice
Please RSVP to email email@example.com or by message to 0407 880712 by Thursday 14 May
Myer – K2C Grasslands Project Aim
The Myer Foundation K2C Grasslands project aims to:
- list the values of 200 grassland sites in an online database
- promote over thirty (30) demonstration sites showcasing grasslands and management methods
- facilitate grasslands owners and managers to develop and improve management of grasslands in the K2C region, and
- encourage community-wide engagement about grasslands with the view to establishing a ‘Grasslands Network’ in the K2C region and surrounding areas.Myer Foundation Native Grassland Projects
Myer Foundation Native Grassland Projects
This project is part of a wider group of grasslands projects being funded by the Myer Foundation which aim to work together. The three other Native Grasslands Projects funded by the Myer Foundation for 2012-15 are:
- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (with ARC for Urban Ecology): Understand how management values are shaping Australia’s native grasslands through combined social and ecological research.
- RMIT University, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies: Improve prospects for grassland conservation within housing developments.
- The University of Melbourne, Department of Resource Management and Geography: Develop a management and restoration guide book for the native grasslands of south-eastern Australia, produce a second edition of the popular field guide Plains Wandering, and develop a grasslands discovery smartphone app.
Why focus on Native Grasslands?
Natural Temperate Grasslands (NTG) are one of Australia’s most threatened ecosystems and are listed as endangered. Today, native NTG in Australia represent about 3% of what existed in Australia prior to European settlement. In NSW today, grasslands in the reserve system are estimated roughly at about 500 hectares or about 0.001% of what existed at pre-European settlement. This excludes the ACT which has about 5% of NTG.
The main threats to native grasslands are agriculture, land clearing, urban developments, changes to fire and soil degradation. The issues for public grasslands include resources to effectively manage them, invasive weeds, soil disturbance, grazing threats and biomass control.
Privately owned grasslands are the majority of grasslands in NSW and have long-term productive capacity for food.
Why are Native Grasslands important?
Grasslands are important because they are many animals’ habitats. Some of the animals that rely upon the grasslands, such as lizards, dragons, goannas, emus, quails, butterflies and moths are rare or endangered. The preservation of grasslands is essential to the preservation of these animals.
These animals are important to keep Australia's biodiversity high and its ecosystems healthy, and to stop Australia becoming a country with few species of animals. Grasslands contain many different species of native grass that can be eaten as well as other forbs and daisies, such as the Yam Daisy, which have been staple food sources for humans in the past and could become important sources of food in the future.
The management of the land by Indigenous people through mosaic burning created a balanced landscape that included extensive grasslands, which became the basis of the pastoral industry, now a critical part of the conservation landscape.
Grasslands Network Newsletter
Please read the latest newsletters from the Myer – K2C Grasslands Network project
To enquire about the Myer Foundation – K2C Grasslands Project, please contact the
Project Manager, Kathryn Wells via email at firstname.lastname@example.org