Avon Natural Diversity Program
With considerable emphasis on community engagement, including involvement of local landholders, the ACC envisages that the future will be "to enjoy a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable rural lifestyle within a healthy and beautiful landscape, including land, water, biodiversity and built infrastructure."
(Avon Catchment Council, 2005)
With the natural diversity aspects of this goal in mind the ACC funded, through federal and state government bodies, six projects during 2005-2009 to understand, extend, and protect the Avon's valuable natural diversity.
The projects enabled by this funding are now largely complete, and this web site documents some of the important findings and achievements, particularly from the baselining project. While NHT funding has now ceased, some ACC transitional funding has enabled aspects of the baselining projects to continue until 2011. The results from these projects will be added to the site as they become available.
Baselining funding supported the ongoing development of NatureMap as part of Avon Investment Plan commitments to produce a biodiversity information system for the region. A number of products have been, and will be, published through NatureMap as well as hard copy, such as wetland boundaries and vegetation mapping. Explore NatureMap as well as this site for Avon-specific additions and enhancements.