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Native grasses ID guide to help landholders manage their land

Landholders can now better identify and manage native grasses on their land with the release of the Local Land Services publication Common native grasses of central west NSW.

The guide gives management information on the common native species across the central west NSW slopes, plains and tablelands.

The publication is the result of collaboration between the Central West and Central Tablelands Local Land Services regions and native grass experts from the Department of Primary Industries.

The publication is available free of charge for landholders in the Central West and Central Tablelands Local Land Services region. Contact your Local Land Services Office for more information.

The guide will help graziers better recognise the value of native grasses within grazing systems and the natural environment, according to Local Land Services Pastures Officer Clare Edwards.

"Native grasses, especially perennial species, form an important component of pastures, native grasslands and woodland and forest understories," said Ms Edwards.

"They are a valuable grazing resource and component of biodiversity in the region, as well as providing food and habitat for native animals.

"I encourage landholders interested in better managing their native pastures to contact their Local Land Services office to get their copy."

The publication profiles 33 common native grasses, each with notes on its recognition, distribution, forage quality and management.

This project is supported by Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

Caption: Local Land Services Officer Clare Edwards with Common native grasses of central west NSW guide. Images available on request.

You can read the guide on our website:

Media contact: Rod Campbell (0447 430 160 or rodney.campbell@lls.nsw.gov.au).