Woodland BushBids

This project is now complete.

What is Woodlands BushBids?

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, together with land managers, is aiming to maintain and enhance the biodiversity values of the region. Woodlands BushBids is a conservation stewardship program that will assist land managers to undertake management activities that protect, enhance and re-establish native vegetation in the area.

Who was involved?

Land managers within the project boundary, with areas of native vegetation of at least five hectares on their property, were invited to apply for funding for native vegetation management.

How did the tender process work?

Land managers set their own price for the conservation management services they were prepared to undertake to protect and improve their native vegetation, such as:

  • fencing
  • grazing pressure reduction
  • pest animal and plant control or buffering.

This price formed the basis of a tender, and was compared against tenders from all other participating land managers. Successful tenders were those that offered the best value for money.

Results from the project

  • 5337 hectares of woodlands in the western Murray Mallee protected and managed
  • 70 sites under contract for five years of active management covering
  • Comprehensive management plans created for 12,207 hectares of native vegetation upon private land
  • 12 threatened flora species found on 17 sites now under protection
  • Habitat provided for 24 known threatened fauna species, such as pygmy bluetongue lizards, at 44 sites

Related links

Lead agency

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin


Native Vegetation Council of SA; O'Connor NRM Pty Ltd

Funding partners

Native Vegetation Council logo


More information

  • Natural Resources Centre SA Murray-Darling Basin
    110A Mannum Road, Murray Bridge SA 5253
    08 8532 9100