Great Eastern Ranges Initiative- A natural corridor from Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Dam

One of the biggest habitat restoration projects in the world is working with Landcare and the wider community to protect wildlife migration pathways in the Abercrombie catchment.
The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (or ‘GER’ for short) is a major collaborative effort to link and protect habitat for native plants and animals along the Great Dividing Range. The GER has a vision to protect and restore natural wildlife corridors from the Grampians in western Victoria, through New South Wales and the ACT, to tropical far north Queensland.
The landscape stretches for 3,600 kilometres and includes some of the most biologically rich and varied habitats in the country.
“Natural migration corridors across eastern Australia form a network of north-south and east-west connections for wildlife” according to GER projects manager, Gary Howling.
“For thousands of years, the Abercrombie catchment between today’s Kanangra Boyd National Park and the area around Wyangala Dam has enabled birds, mammals and other native species to migrate between the eastern ranges and woodlands in the west” he said.
The Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link has been recognised as one of the most important connections on the southern half of the GER. However, the corridor is threatened by weeds and feral animals such as deer, goats and foxes.
In late 2012, the GER received a grant from the Australian Government to support the work of local people who are managing threats to the corridor.
“The grant is all about working with local people to help protect the natural values of the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link”, said Mr Howling.
“Local farmers, Landcare groups, Aboriginal groups and the Lachlan CMA have already achieved an enormous amount to ensure the corridor is able to support wildlife and ensure a sustainable living for people in the landscape”.
“The project will provide landholders with the extra bit of support they need to get on top of problems that affect production and corridor values in the Abercrombie catchment” he said.
The GER will soon be issuing calls for expressions of interest from Landcare groups, farmers and Aboriginal groups who are interested in developing local projects in the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link.
“Funds will be available from late March for Landcare groups who wish to run projects across their group area” said Mr Howling.
“In late April we will also be calling for individual farmers and community members who are wanting to replant or restore remnant vegetation and manage introduced species” he said.
An information session will be held at the CWA Rooms in Crookwell on Friday 22 March (11am to 2pm) to give Landcare and other landholders an opportunity to hear more about the project and funding support available. See flyer K2W_Flyer
More information about the information session can be obtained from Mary Bonet (Upper Lachlan Landcare) on 0459 352 892 and by Gary Howling, Principal Conservation Programs Officer, Great Eastern Ranges Initiative
K2W information brochure

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