Land management

We control pest plants and animals, and reduce the effects of soil erosion, salinity and acid sulphate soils on our environment and conservation reserves.

We also encourage rural property owners and farmers to manage these land issues.

Pest plants

Some plants are a problem in environment and conservation reserves and present a threat to native wildlife or ecosystems. We have programs to manage pest plants such as:

  • Tea Tree and Bridal Creeper in coastal reserves

  • Serrated Tussock on roadsides and in rural areas

You can view our full list of weed species.

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party have developed its first App, which guides land owners through the process of how to identify Serrated Tussock. 

The App is available through all smart devices, and computers. It enables users to scroll through a series of screens that outline the important features to look for when attempting to identify Serrated Tussock (Nassella trichotoma).

The App also allows users to move the interactive map around and see a time lapse over the past few decades.

The ID App can be accessed through the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party website.

Other weed identification apps are available on iPhone and Android by searching "weed identification" in your app store.

Land and soil degradation

Degradation is a decline in the quality or the health of ecosystems, including:

  • vegetation removal or loss

  • erosion

  • salinity

  • leaching, such as soil acidification

  • soil compaction

  • waterlogging.

For more information on land and soil degradation visit the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

Sustainable farm management

Many of the land degradation issues that are harmful to the environment also cause problems to rural land and farms.

Whole farm planning and sustainable farm management refers to a planning process, which maximises the farm management aspect (productivity) while ensuring/maintaining, the farm environment. 

The major benefits of whole farm planning include:

  • ensuring the long term sustainability of your enterprise

  • increasing your understanding of all aspects of your farm and their interrelationships

  • ensuring management of financial resources.

If you are interested in participating in a Farm Planning workshop please get in contact with Geelong Landcare Network or Bellarine Landcare Network and speak with your local facilitator.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 6 November 2018