Bogies and Beyond is a community-driven project which is addressing the impacts of climate change on the Goulburn Broken Catchment from the Strathbogie Ranges to the southern valleys around Merton and Alexandra.

The two sub-projects are:
  • Tree Storey: Growback or Dieback
  • Bores, Bogies and Beyond.

Aerial shot of the Strathbogie Ranges

Strathbogie Ranges. Photo credit: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

‘Tree Storey: Growback or Dieback’ is a citizen science project that involves community working groups, planning workshops and field days. Progress to date includes landholders monitoring 110 paddock trees using the Tree Health Survey App. Information recorded via the App includes tree size, health, location and other useful observations about the surrounding environment. The data collated will help to inform plans to manage the trees to ensure their future survival.

Landholder incentives are also in place to protect and increase the health of trees with 20 site visits conducted by the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network.

‘Bores, Bogies and Beyond’ is another community designed citizen science project working with landowners to monitor groundwater bores over the next three to five years. Groundwater in the Strathbogie Ranges is a vital resource, relied on to fill dams and tanks and to maintain the health of creeks and wetlands. The information will provide a greater understanding about this water source and help with future planning.

Sheep in a paddock underneath a large tree

Measuring the health of paddock trees. Photo credit: Goulburn Broken CMA.

Climate change impacts the health of trees, water resources and biodiversity in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. By working with the community and our partners, we can gather the information required to obtain a better understanding of the changes, to help plan for the future.

Watch video of the Citizen Science Project's look at the iconic trees of the Strathbogie Ranges.

Partners

Goulburn Broken CMA, Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network, Gecko Clan Catchment Landcare Network, Up2Us Landcare Alliance, Trust for Nature, Parks Victoria, Mansfield Shire Council, Goulburn-Murray Water, Agriculture Victoria, RMIT University, Melbourne University and the DELWP.

Because they’re always there we don’t look at them (paddock trees) carefully enough so this project is prompting people to have a close look at how their trees are travelling.
Janet Hagan, Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network

Page last updated: 28/06/19