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Activity teacher notes 3.2

3.2 Managing bushland

Levels: UP, S, SS
Focus curriculum areas: Society and history
Supporting curriculum area: English/literacy, science
Key concepts: Land management, reports, community needs

students on a field study

Understanding goals

To investigate the many values of a local area. To become familiar with the components of a basic management plan by writing one for a local area.



Look at maps and topography of the local area. Look at one of our park management plans.


A site visit is recommended. – allow time to observe the geology, vegetation, wildlife and other features.

1. Find out about people who look after some local land. Compile a list of questions about the land, that you might ask people like the local council, environmental scientists, water engineers and neighbours.

2. Examine some local public land – bushland, wetland or a coastal area. Propose a basic management plan for that area. Work in groups and write one or two sentences or dot points for each of the following:

A. Description of the reserve/park:

Explain what it is like now

  • An overview of the reserve (Explain its exact location)
  • Location, regional and global context (Is there anything unique about the land?)
  • History of the reserve or park (Is there any evidence of past occupation or use?)
  • Aboriginal values
  • European heritage, historic values
  • Geodiversity, natural landscape, climate

Vegetation (Do you know any special plants that are found there?)

  • Native fauna, alien species, weeds, threatened species (Do you know any special animals that live there?)
  • Scientific research and monitoring (Do you think something needs researching?)
  • Rehabilitation (Are any old roads or paths blocked and plants regrowing?)

Water - rivers, creeks, pools

B. Visitor activities and infrastructure

Explain the activities that you think are allowed and those that are not allowed.

Are there other activities you think that should be allowed?

What are the recreation opportunities (Examples of controversial activities may include bike riding, caravans, fishing, boating)

C. Primary production

What activities do you think are allowed and what are not?

a display plaque on a coastal reserve
  • Examples may include bee-keeping, aquaculture, commercial fishing, driftwood salvage
  • Management of human use: zones of services and limited access

D. Public awareness and community support

List an information signs, interpretation and education materials available.

  • Would you like to see more information about the reserve available?
  • Have the public been consulted and is the community involved?

E. Other issues and conclusion

  • Will you continue to monitoring and evaluate the land?
  • When will you review the plan?

List any thing else you would like to see addressed. Are there any improvements you would like to make to the land?

Can you think of how you would improve it in a way that would take into account the needs of the community as well as the flora and fauna? What would be your first steps?

3. Well done! Present a copy of your proposed management plan to your local council, library or national park.

Going further

See the list of our park management plans