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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   This biosphere reserve is located in the southern schlerophyll and eastern grassland savanna biogeographical region in southeast Australia. It consists of a lake system and an extensive wetland with a complex flood hydrology operating on a two to seven year cycle within a semi-arid area connected to the Murray River. There are also dune fields, floodplains and saline flats. It is covered with savanna woodlands and saline shrubland with Eucalyptus camaldulensis and Eucalyptus largiflorens associated with Stipa spp., Acacia stenophylla. and Muehlenbeckia cunninghamii, which forms shrubby stands around some lakes. When flooded, the lakes become important breeding areas for herons, egrets, cormorants and spoonbills. More than 250 people live in the reserve (year), engaged in agriculture, fishing and stock raising. The area is the traditional home of the Latje-latje aboriginal tribe and contains numerous cultural sites. Some 90,000 people visit the area for camping, fishing, hiking and wildlife studies. Environmental education and public awareness programmes, as well as research activities are being developed. The main goal of the Biosphere Reserve is to promote partnerships with local communities in regional planning, access to scientific expertise from individuals and institutions, and developing links with similar areas such as Bookmark
  Major ecosystem type   Evergreen sclerophyllous forests, scrubs or woodlands; lake system and wetlands
  Major habitats & land cover types   Mallee dunefields with white mallee (Eucalyptus gracilis) and yellow mallee (E. incrassata); open riverine woodland dominated by river red gum (E. camaldulensis) and black box (E. largiflorens); savanna woodland dominated by bull-oak (Allocasuarina luehmannii) and native pine (Callitris gracilis); saline flats with glassworts (Arthrocnemum spp.); lake system; extensive wetlands
  Location   3420' to 3450'S; 14220' to 14245'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   51,500
  Core area(s)   5,680
  Buffer zone(s)   ~45,820
  Transition area(s) when given   -
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +40 to +70
  Year designated   1981
  Administrative authorities   Parks Victoria (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)
  Brief description   Vegetation monitoring
Allocasuarina leuhmanni regeneration
Kangaroo management through culling
Vegetation recovery/restoration
Reintroduction of locally extinct species
Rabbit Calici disease project
Vermin populations
At present Parks Victoria are in the process of integrating an
Environmental Information system to allow the formation of an environmental database
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Mammals, methodologies, pests/diseases, plants, reintroduction, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, vegetation studies/plant cover.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   Management issues.
  Contact address   Trevor Dess
District Chief Ranger, Parks Victoria
c/o Hattah Kulkyne National Park
3501 RSD Hattah VIC
  Telephone   (61.03) 5051 4311
  Fax   (61.03) 5029 3242

Last updated: 14/03/2005

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