Buffel free Great Victoria Desert (GVD)
The Great Victoria Desert (GVD) is the largest desert in Australia and contains significant biodiversity and cultural values. One of the key threats to the GVD includes the encroachment of pest animals and weed species, such as buffel grass.
Buffel grass (Cenchrus spp) is a major weed in the desert that has the potential to change vegetation structures and significantly impact on native habitat.
It has a limited distribution within the GVD, however if left to extend its range biodiversity and cultural values may be significantly impacted. To address this threat, the Buffel grass free GVD project was initiated, with the goal to eradicated buffel grass from the GVD.
To work towards achieving a buffel grass free GVD the project aims to:
- identify and map existing buffel grass infestations within the GVD
- improve the capacity and capability of land managers to manage buffel grass
- reduce buffel grass infestations through active management
- prevent new infestations of buffel grass from establishing in the GVD
- implement a more coordinated approach across the GVD
- test buffel grass control strategies for broader application in other desert regions