Impacts and Benefits of Grazing on Biodiversity in Grassy/Chenopod Woodlands in the NSW Riverina

As part of two separate engagements in late 2013 and early 2015, Umwelt undertook ecological and biodiversity surveys at 75 sites (375 plots) targeting vegetation, soil and grazing pressure indices and a further 38 sites targeting reptile, invertebrate and small mammal diversity. Flora survey was undertaken across 22 days, with fauna survey across 9 weeks.

The intent of these surveys was to assess ecological and biodiversity impacts and benefits of stock grazing in publicly tenured grassy/chenopod woodlands in the NSW Riverina in order to provide regional scale information to inform decisions on the future of stock grazing in grazing occupational permit and licence areas in national parks and reserves, and to assist in the ongoing management of stock grazing.

A range of vegetation, soil (landscape function analysis), grazing pressure and reptile, invertebrate and small mammal diversity indices were collected, with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and University of New South Wales currently undertaking detailed analysis.