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NEW VIDEO - Alpine Peatlands Protection Project

This video was developed by North East CMA to mark completion of the Alpine Peatlands Protection Project. Partners are Parks Victoria, East Gippsland CMA, West Gippsland CMA and Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation. This project is funded by the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

What are Alpine Peatlands?

The North East Region of Victoria is home to over 2000 hectares of Alpine Peatlands, an endangered ecological community listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999). Alpine Peatlands, or Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens, are a priority ecological community for the North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and are the focus of a new five-year project that serves to protect and increase the abundance of these unique environments. Why is this important? Alpine Peatlands are crucial for providing habitat and for modulating water-flow and maintaining hydrology of surrounding environments. The health of alpine peatlands will influence the health of water further down the catchment and are therefore important for the whole community. 














Alpine Peatlands occur across alpine, sub-alpine and montane landscapes of Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory in permanently wet areas, such as along streams, drainage lines, valley edges and valley floors. The key to bog formation is a good supply of groundwater and an impeded drainage system that keeps the water table at or near the surface. Under these conditions, the decomposition of organic materials is incomplete, eventually forming the peat that typically underlies the ecological community.

This five-year, cross-regional project is coordinated by the Victorian Alpine Peatlands Project Coordinating Committee (VAPCC) and delivered in collaboration across three CMA regions (North East, East Gippsland and West Gippsland) with Parks Victoria. The project builds on work supported in the first phase of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

What is happening in North East Victoria to Protect Alpine Peatlands?

Together with Parks Victoria, the North East CMA is implementing key actions across the region from the Victorian Alpine Peatlands Spatial Action Plan (2015) through this project, guided by the 2015 National Recovery Plan and the Victorian Alpine Peatlands Project Coordinating Committee.

Project activities include:

(i) Weed control, targeting high threat weeds of willows and soft rush

(ii) Deer control on the Bogong High Plains; and

(iii) Investigating the impact of deer management on peatland conditions.


Key Contacts

Phillip Falcke, Senior Project Officer Biodiversity  phillip.falcke@necma.vic.gov.au

Jess Houghton, Project Officer Biodiversity jessica.houghton@necma.vic.gov.au

Telephone: 1300 216 513



This project is supported by the North East Catchment Management Authority, Parks Victoria, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.



Storymap: Protecting the Peatlands Together

This Storymap outlines the Parks Victoria gathering in the Victorian Alps, including members of the Victorian Alpine Peatlands Project Coordinating Committee (VAPPCC), Traditional Owner groups, and others working in Alpine Conservation. The gathering brought together people with diverse skills such as specialist alpine scientists and researchers, field teams who protect alpine peatlands from threats like weeds, deer and fire.

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Storymap: Cross Regional Victorian Alpine Peatland Protection Project

The Cross-Regional Victorian Alpine Peatland Protection - North East is a 5-year project that serves to protect and increase the abundance of alpine peatlands. Click here for the latest Storymap.

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A glimpse into one of Australia's most vulnerable ecosystems

Find out more at this new storymap which provides a great insight into Alpine peatlands.

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