Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape (LMPL) is an initiative that aims to reconnect fragmented remnants of indigenous vegetation to create wildlife corridors (biolinks) on the Mornington Peninsula.
LMPL assists Mornington Peninsula Landcare groups and landholders to develop collaborative local biolink plans for catchments across the Peninsula. These plans focus on works required to achieve the biolink on private properties, but also consider public land in the biolink area.
Designed as a 5-year project, LMPL is being undertaken across 10 different regions on the Mornington Peninsula.
As of April 2020, six plans have been delivered since 2014 when the NRCL funding commenced. The first pilot plan was done for the Tuerong-Moorooduc area. These plans cover an area of 530 ha across 74 private properties. The plans have attracted subsequent significant public and private funding for on-ground works detailed in the plans and in the spin-off Greens Bush to Arthurs Seat Biolink project plans. This funding has been used to complete 115 ha of on ground works detailed in the plans, with 21,445 plants in the ground across 51 of the 74 private properties in the plans.
In late 2019, the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network received another round of funding from the Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria to complete two more biolink plans: Manton and Stony Creeks Landcare area and Merricks Coolart Catchment Landcare area.
Landholder engagement is key to LMPL, which works with local Landcare groups to empower landholders and Landcarers to plan and implement private land conservation in a strategic and coordinated manner.
For further details visit the LMPL website: www.lmpl.org.au