Landholders protecting and restoring connectivity

A huge revegetation effort took place at Binda on the weekend with 16 volunteers joining the Douglass  family at Mandanong Binda to plant nearly 4,000 trees and shrubs as part of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link (K2W).

The GER 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 K2W Link is an important natural corridor for native species between the Kanangra-Boyd and Blue Mountains national parks, along the Abercrombie River, to Wyangala Dam.

The K2W Link partnership, which was formed in 2012 with funding from the Australian Government Biodiversity Fund, has been delivering an integrated set of activities and conservation mechanisms to achieve improved connectivity of conservation efforts and linked habitats

The project is entering its final year of delivery with many landholders and community groups getting involved in the initiative.

“We are working with landholders across the region, like the Douglass family, to protect and or restore habitat in key areas within the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link” said K2W facilitator , Mary Bonet.

“Taking on a revegetation project of this scale is a lot of hard work and the Douglass family were fortunate to have a well-coordinated team of fit and energetic volunteers up to the task” Ms Bonet Said.

Mark Douglass who was assisted by his son Josh coordinated the revegetation activity.

“I Just can’t thank all those who assisted us in this huge undertaking on the weekend enough”;  Mr Douglass said.

“A big thank you also to the K2W project’ s Mary Bonet and Melissa Henry at South East Local Land Services  for helping to make it all happen. It would be so sensational to see such efforts rewarded with the revitalisation of endangered native species which should be on the property such as Spotted Quoll , Koalas and Sugar Gliders and some of the little birds that are present like Superb Fairy Wrens, Jacky Winters, Scarlet and Yellow Robins to name a few. All we need now is some rain!!!” Mr Douglass said.





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