Snow Gums in the Alpine National Park. Photo: Rob Jung

Climate Future Plots: helping nature help itself

Over millennia, species and natural systems have evolved to cope with changing climates. However, the rapidity of current and future climate change, and the fragmentation of many ecosystems in Victoria, mean our native trees and other plants may not have access to the genetic variants they need to allow future adaptation.

A third symposium by the VicNature2050 partnership looked at how you could set up a series of experimental plots across the state to help inform management interventions, and provide resources of climate-ready genetic stock. 

This paper outlining ways to involve local communities, scientists and government agencies in planning, setting up and monitoring these plots, grew from that symposium:

The idea of climate future plots is not new, but their potential to guide future management is not well understood. You can help spread that understanding by talking to your friends and colleagues, or sending them the link to this page.

A recent article in The Conversation highlighted the problems species face in evolving to suit a changing climate. 

The February 2017 “Building Climate Future Plots” symposium was attended by a group of leading scientists, land managers and community groups from Victoria, and from elsewhere in Australia.

You can also find some of the presentations to the symposium here: 

VicNature 2050 was organised by the Victorian National Parks Association, The Royal Society of Victoria and The University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute and sponsored by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria.