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With the introduction of native vegetation and biodiversity targets both nationally and across many catchments, and increasing community concern and expectations about environmental management, there is now even greater awareness about the importance of natural resource management (NRM) within the wool industry.

More than 55 per cent of woolgrowers with native vegetation on their farm implement NRM practices [Land, Water & Wool Best Practice Survey, 2003].

The Native Vegetation and Biodiversity sub-program of Land, Water & Wool explored ways of managing landscapes to maintain enterprise profitability while meeting natural resource management objectives.  In collaboration with woolgrowers, the sub-program drew on research from the Native Vegetation R&D Program managed by Land & Water Australia to conduct new research on the links between wool production and biodiversity.

The Native Vegetation and Biodiversity sub-program developed, tested and promoted options for integrating wool production and the protection, management and restoration of native vegetation and its associated biodiversity.

Five regional projects in the high rainfall and sheep/wheat zones directly involved more than 70 families with commercial woolgrowing enterprises in research on their properties, while a further 2,750 woolgrowers were indirectly involved.

In order to deliver the research results to a larger group of woolgrowers, projects worked closely with AWI grower networks.

Further information

Woolgrower guides

Final reports

Case studies

  • Insights (PDF 1.6Mb) - case studies of woolgrowers successfully managing native vegetation and biodiversity for profit and sustainability.

NSW Woolgrower Testimonials

General fact sheets

NSW Northern Tablelands fact sheets

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