Victoria's Living Estate
Image: Red Kangaroo, Murray Sunset National Park. Photographer Mark Norman.
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Victoria has a wealth of living collections that not only showcase the unique geology and biodiversity of the state but act as live indicators of the shifts we are seeing with climate change.
Zoos, seed banks, botanical living collections kept by museums, botanic gardens and libraries can be seen as living collections. But collections are not just about dried, frozen and preserved specimens kept in museums. Victoria also has an estate of reserves, parks covering more than four million hectares, or about 18 per cent, of Victoria’s land and 12 % of the states coastal waters. This estate is managed by Parks Victoria on behalf of all Victorians in partnership with Traditional Owners and a range of community, government and non-government organisations.
In climate and geology Victoria’s landscapes range from coastal heathlands, alpine ranges, wetland systems, stony rise woodlands, volcanic grasslands, desert mallee fringes, to wet rainforests and more. Under the water stunning kelp forests, complex rocky reef systems, extensive seagrass meadows, and colourful sponge gardens, are found within the state’s extensive marine protected area system.
Curation notes by: Parks Victoria with Lucinda Horrocks, Wind & Sky Productions.