The Lowland Native Grassland of Tasmania is a type of temperate grassland. It is restricted to the lowlands of Tasmania, within localised areas of northwest Tasmania and on the islands of Bass Strait.
Lowland Native Grasslands of Tasmania ecological community
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Approved Conservation Advice for Lowland Native Grasslands of Tasmania ecological community
The main potential threat to the ecological community is climate change.
Climate change can lead to habitat reduction and changes in species composition and the impact of climate change on the interactions amongst native and exotic species under different disturbance and grazing regimes is largely unknown (Peart; 2008).
Threats The main identified threats to the ecological community include clearing and conversion of land and consequent fragmentation of native vegetation remnants; pasture improvement and fertilisation; invasion by weeds and feral animals; inappropriate grazing and fire regimes; urban expansion; off road vehicle disturbance; salinity and a low level of protection in reserves.
Pasture improvement and fertilisation; invasion by weeds and feral animals; inappropriate grazing and fire regimes; salinity and off road vehicle disturbance threaten the structure and function of remaining remnants by impacting on species diversity and composition (e.g.