The Monaro Grassland Conservation Management Network: Reconnecting the sward


  • David Eddy

  • David Eddy is Coordinator of the Monaro Grassland Conservation Management Network (11 Gurubun Close, Ngunnawal, ACT 2913, Australia; Tel. +61 2 6242 8484; Email: David has worked among the native pastures and grasslands on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales since 1990 and is a member of the National Recovery Team for Natural Temperate Grasslands of the Southern Tablelands (New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory). This feature was prepared as a case study to raise awareness of Conservation Management Networks as a model for driving biodiversity conservation goals in an industrial rural landscape.


Summary  This article describes the context, evolution and structure of the Monaro Grassland Conservation Management Network, a loose framework of private and public land managers and their grassland properties located in the Monaro region of south-eastern New South Wales. The Monaro region is characterized by lower rainfall, lower temperatures and less productive soils than other agricultural regions in south-eastern Australia containing natural temperate grasslands. As such, it offers important opportunities for conservation of natural temperate grasslands as a significant and functional component of the landscape, under a variety of land tenures and uses including pastoral agriculture.