Grassy Ecosystems Management Kit

Grassy Ecosystems Management Kit: a guide to developing conservation management plans by Sarah Sharp, Josh Dorrough, Rainer Rehwinkel, David Eddy and Ann Breckwoldt, illustrated by Michael Bedingfield.  ISBN 0642603405.  Published by Environment ACT in 2005.  Details below.

The kit contains step-by-step activities that are used to develop a conservation management plan for your site. Learn how to assess what you have on site, identify achievable management aims, prepare a site work program and assess whether your management actions are achieving your desired results.

Friends of Grasslands Inc is the distributor for the kit. The kit is now available free, except for a charge to cover postage. To order or for more information: please email

Managing Grassy Ecosystems

Grassy ecosystems (grasslands and grassy woodlands) in southern Australia have been changed and greatly reduced in area since European settlement. As our understanding of grassy ecosystems has grown, so too, has the recognition that if grassy ecosystems are to be conserved for the future they will require active management. However, grassy ecosystems can be complex and variable and often their conservation is one of many competing management goals. In such circumstances, without a clear management planning framework that takes into account the differing values, attributes and uses of a particular area management can seem difficult. In recognition of this a management kit has been developed to help people manage grassy ecosystems and to provide a framework for increasing our understanding of these ecosystems. The kit has a set of steps that lead to the development of a conservation management plan. Because landholders already have experience in managing their land, and have insights into the unique features of their sites, the processes outlined in the Management Kit can be modified to suit the site and its individual needs.

The Value of the Kit

The processes outlined in the kit show that:

The Approach

The Grassy Ecosystems Management Kit is a manual designed for the assessment of grassy vegetation and its associated fauna habitat. As a result, the kit is suitable for use by regional planning groups, Landcare groups, individual landholders and land managers. The focus of the kit is on implementing the best management practices, to maximise the natural functioning of remnant grassy ecosystem sites.


The Grassy Ecosystems Management Kit contains:

  1. Useful background information to help in conservation management of grassy sites.
  2. A workbook explaining how to carry out the steps.
  3. A case study showing a worked example.
  4. Further information and reference material.
  5. A list of common grassy ecosystem species and a key to their illustrations within the kit.
  6. A glossary of terms.
  7. Recording sheets for developing a management plan.
  8. A CD containing the entire kit.

Steps in the Management Kit

The step-by-step activities outlined in the kit can be used to develop a conservation management plan. The steps are designed to answer the following questions:

The Grassy Ecosystem Management Kit was a collaborative project with contributions from ACT Territory and Municipal Services, NSW Department Environment and Conservation and Victorian Department Sustainability and Environment. The kit was funded from the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust and World Wildlife Fund Grassy Ecosystems Grants Scheme.

Description courtesty of Department of Territory and Municipal Services, ACT Government.  Reproduced with permission.