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Significant Environmental Benefits (SEB) Offset

EBS Ecology was commissioned by TrustPower Australia to undertake a vegetation condition monitoring program across 104 hectares of private land managed as a Significant Environmental Benefit (SEB) under the Native Vegetation Act 1991.

An arrangement was negotiated between Trustpower and private landholder to achieve the offset through management of degraded native grassland and woodland communities using a rotational grazing methodology, together with weed management and feral animal control to improve biodiversity outcomes.

The vegetation associations targeted for monitoring were primarily native grasslands and grassy woodland communities which are currently in a degraded state. The property contains patches of Lomandra effusa (Scented Mat-rush) +/- Lomandra multiflora subsp. dura (Stiff Mat-rush) Open Tussock Grassland which is listed as a critically endangered threatened ecological community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Annual monitoring will occur for at least 10 years, which is critical for tracking changes in grassland condition and helping determine the overall success of the ongoing restoration program.

Monitoring for 2014 showed a general improvement in tussock health compared to baseline observations in 2013, which is a fantastic outcome for the landholder and the local environment.

Improving the condition of these vegetation communities may help to increase habitat for the State endangered Pygmy Bluetounge (Tiliqua adelaidensis) as it is known to be found in the region.

 

EBS Ecologist Erin Barber surveying the site in 2014

 

Native grasses surveyed as part of 1st year monitoring – early spring 2013

 

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