Bioregions are a landscape scale way of differentiating between different land types.  Different land types vary in terms of their rainfall, soils, aspect and consequently their productivity and natural features, particularly vegetation.

Figure 3 Bioregional Conservational Status

The key bioregions in our area are:

Central Victorian Uplands    These high rainfall, primarily granite landscapes consist of wet forest, with a dense understorey.  Mount Cole and its associated ranges, as well as the Creswick State Forest are the best local examples.

Victorian Volcanic Plain   Arising from numerous volcanic vents up to 2 million years ago, this plain dominates the areas south of the divide and stretches like long fingers along old river valleys north of the divide as far as Maryborough.  These landscapes are the most productive soils and have been highly modified for agriculture throughout the region.

Goldfields    A very broad bioregion in terms of rainfall, this landscape covers all the sedimentary soils in the region, from the box and stringybark hills along the divide to the dry box ironbark areas of Paddys Ranges, the Pyrenees State Forest, and various forest areas in and around Beaufort.

The map above is available on the North Central CMA website http:/