Of the 615 species on the Grassy Plains Network’s new list of Victorian Grassland Flora, 60 are on the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act’s Threatened List. But of those, only a pitiful 18 (less than a third) have an Action Statement.
Action Statements are required by law for all species on the FFG Threatened List. Their purpose is to provide information on a species, the reasons for its decline and the threats which affect it. They include the intended management actions to help secure populations and enable their long-term persistence, as well as other considerations including socio-economic matters and climate change implications.
We know our grassy ecosystems are continuing to decline. Why isn’t the State Government doing more for our precious grasslands? Shame!
Image: Rutidosis leptorhynchoides: FFG-listed, but no Action Statement.