Maintaining and restoring existing native vegetation is an essential platform for connectivity conservation to build on. Large areas of intact vegetation are core conservation areas, whilst smaller patches can act as stepping stones, or corridors for species crossing the landscape. Existing native vegetation forms a framework that can then be expanded, buffered and linked to other habitat through revegetation and improved management of surrounding lands.
Within the Great Eastern Ranges (GER) corridor, there are significant areas of native habitat that have been protected on public land. This remnant habitat is a vital resource for biodiversity and human communities alike, and needs appropriate ongoing management to preserve its values. In some cases, such as in the national parks system, public lands are being managed primarily for conservation. In other cases, native vegetation is being used for forestry, or has been preserved, often by accident, as the by-product of past and current land uses.