What is a Conservation Management Network (CMN)?
A Conservation Management Network (CMN) is a network of remnants of native vegetation, their owners or managers and other interested individuals. CMNs usually focus on a single ecological community (e.g. grassy ecosystems) because the management needs of each community are relatively uniform. An important purpose of CMNs is to assist landholders and land managers in the management of remnants.
The Gippsland Region of Victoria has two CMNs: The Gippsland Plains CMN and The East Gippsland Rainforest CMN.
Members of a CMN include:
- interested private landholders
- managers of remnant vegetation on public land
- other interested community members
Why do we need CMNs?
Managing the threatened vegetation that remains in agricultural landscapes has been described as one of Australia’s greatest environmental challenges. Vegetation often occurs as small, isolated patches and can be owned and managed by various agencies. Managing those remnants for the best biodiversity outcome is difficult for one agency. The CMN facilitates best management across land tenures.