The importance of long-term flora monitoring across Australia’s Rangelands

The importance of long-term flora monitoring across Australia’s Rangelands Conference Paper

17th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): Ben Winter
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: Flora monitoring throughout the Australian rangelands has been intrinsically linked to rangeland management throughout grazing history. Although this monitoring is often carried out daily on an informal scale by land managers, broadscale monitoring that attempts to capture long-term change has been the responsibility of government departments. The Rangeland Assessment Program (RAP) has been monitoring 163 sites across the Western Catchment of New South Wales (NSW) since 1989. During this time valuable data has been collected from across the Catchment generating information on biomass changes, species mixes, groundcover and woody species dynamics. This data is provided to landholders throughout the Catchment on an annual basis. Whilst data has been collected over the past 22 years, little has been done to liberate this data for state-wide reporting requirements. This paper seeks to outline the importance of data liberation of long term flora monitoring throughout Australia’s rangelands, using the Rangeland Assessment Program as a case study. These trends will become an important part of setting management targets for the Western Catchment’s looming Catchment Action Plan (CAP) reporting requirements.

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Ben Winter, 2012, The importance of long-term flora monitoring across Australia’s Rangelands, Conference Paper, viewed 06 July 2020, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3631.

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