Native Grassy Woodland Restoration
Kalbar proposes to restore 200 hectares of species-rich native grassy woodland at the Fingerboards site.
This will be the single largest restoration of this type undertaken in Victoria, and probably Australia, creating a major ecological asset for the region.
The importance of native grassy communities
Temperate native grasslands and grassy woodlands typically occurred across what are now arable regions of Australia (~500 mm annual rainfall).
At the ground level high quality native grassy communities are dominated by diverse arrays of species including warm and cool season growing grasses (such as Kangaroo and Wallaby Grass) and numerous wildflower species (including daisies, lilies and orchids) as well as smaller numbers of sub-shrubs. In grassy woodlands, there is also a woody component represented by large open-spreading widely spaced trees (predominantly eucalypts such as red gum).
However, due to human impacts there is an urgent need to restore native grassy communities. Since European settlement they have been reduced to a tiny fraction of their original range and quality, and most now occur as small and fragmented remnants. Most landscapes where they originally existed are now dominated by introduced pasture grasses and broadleaf weeds.