Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

 

PO Box 987

Civic Square ACT 2608

Phone: 02 62.. ....

 

 

The Director
Ecological Communities Section
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Nomination for listing the ecological community “Inland Grey Box Woodland” as a threatened ecological community under the EPBConservation Act 1999

 

FoG is a community group dedicated to the conservation of natural temperate grassy ecosystems in south-eastern Australia. FoG advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with the conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on-ground work. FoG is based in Canberra and its more than 200 members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.

 

Unfortunately, FoG has not had the opportunity to become familiar with this particular type of woodland community in detail.  However, FoG does have an interest in it given the classification of some vegetation units as grassy woodland, the derived grasslands that are sometimes a part of the ecological community, and that the grey box community is often adjoins to or intergrades with the EPBC listed White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grasland (a community which FoG has a strong interest in and knowledge about).

 

Noting the 85% reduction in geographical distribution in the inland grey box woodland community, the presence of vulnerable and endangered species (e.g. regent honeyeaters, hooded robin, brown treecreeper and superb parrot) in the community, and its poor conservation to date because they occur on productive soils, FoG strongly supports this nomination.  FoG’s experience of ecological communities occurring on land that is in high demand for other uses (whether they be urban development or agricultural) is that not only are these communities severely reduced in terms of remaining high quality areas, but that they are continually at risk for further losses.  FoG considers that recognizing the possible complete loss of such ecological communities and taking steps to improve their conservation and long term management to be the highest priority.

 

We would appreciate being kept advised of the status of this nomination and of any follow-up action that occurs if the nomination is successful.

 

Sincerely yours

 

 

Geoff Robertson

President

 

   April 2009