Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

PO Box 440
Jamison Centre
Macquarie ACT 2614

email: advocacy@fog.org.au
web: www.fog.org.au

City Services
email: communityengagement@act.gov.au

 

Dear Sir/Madam

Urban Forest Strategy

Friends of Grasslands (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 members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.

FOG strongly supports the Strategy’s objective 4: Take an ecological approach and support biodiversity and the concept of using the urban forest to provide movement corridors for wildlife as well as habitat.

FOG would like to draw your attention to remnant Natural Temperate Grassland patches within the urban framework, such as parts of Umbagong Park (Florey), Glenloch interchange, and Dudley and Guilfoyle Streets (Yarralumla). On page 19 is the statement

“It is also important to consider the presence of grassland reserves, prevalent in the northern suburbs. While these native grasslands affect the canopy cover of the area, they provide critical habitat for several species of threatened plants and animals and are inappropriate for trees.”

The following should be added to this statement:

“Similarly, other non-reserved areas containing remnant Natural Temperate Grassland patches within the urban framework are inappropriate for trees due to their conservation values”

FOG would also prefer that trees not be planted along roadsides and other boundaries of areas of Natural Temperate Grasslands as such trees provide perches for birds that may predate on grassland birds and reptiles. Similarly for areas of wetlands where birds such as Latham Snipe may be present.

Yours sincerely

 

Geoff Robertson
President

24 August 2020