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Question How does your role enable you to improve current knowledge and understanding of grassland ecosystems?
Expert Fiona Smith
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Fiona Smith is an environmental planner in the Environment and Heritage Division of Parks Victoria. Fiona is currently working on planning for the establishment of the Western Grassland Reserves, a new grassland park which will connect the You Yangs area to the Werribee River across the Volcanic Plains west of Melbourne.

I am lucky enough to work with a lot of people with knowledge and expertise in grasslands with whom I can both learn from and share what I know about grasslands. Also when we undertake management actions in a grassland such as burning, weed control or grazing, we monitor the outcomes so that we can make changes to the way we manage grassland sites. This is called adaptive management. Sometimes this is done very formally with research scientists and scientific monitoring techniques and sometimes it is just a matter of recording your actions and having a look at the grassland site to assess...

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