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Northern Corridors Connections continues

Improving the habitat value and connectivity of wildlife corridors through the upper North Coast will continue to be a focus for North Coast Local Land Services.  A third year of funding has been awarded to Conservation Volunteers Australia in a consortium of other environmental service providers to undertake a landscape-scale restoration project.

The funding provided by the National Landcare Program and the NSW Catchment Action program over the last two years has enabled the restoration of key corridor sites on private and public lands across the Border Ranges (Toonumbar and the Border loop), Helmet Range (Wiangaree), Mount Nullum (Uki), Marshalls Creek (Ocean Shores), Seven Mile Beach (Lennox Head) and East Ballina.

Jai Sleeman, Senior Land Services Officer said of the project, “The type of restoration activities funded within these locations have included weed control, vertebrate pest management, native vegetation planting and fire management and these activities have brought about an improvement in the condition and extent of forest, heath and grasslands.

“These landscapes provide critical foraging, breeding and ranging habitat for threatened fauna species including Koalas, Eastern Bristlebirds and the Three-toed snake-tooth skink.

“They also represent core refugia for threatened plant species such as Brush Sophora, White Lace flower and Scented Acronychia.” Jai concluded.

The project is guided by regional and local plans such as the Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan and relies on landholder willingness to support these priorities which contribute to expanding the natural values of these iconic World Heritage Areas.

Neil Taylor, Regional Manager of Conservation Volunteers Australia said, “Facilitating the Northern Corridor Connections project has been a complex partnership but has achieved important site specific biodiversity outcomes that scale-up at a landscape-level to contribute to improving better linkages for native flora and fauna”.

Neil continued, “The coordinated, multi-tenure approach of the project brings private landholders, councils, National Parks and Aboriginal land managers on-board to improve the natural habitat values on their properties in a consistent way across adjacent lands”.

Landholders who have been involved in the Corridors project will receive further assistance for extending management activity areas that will contribute to reinstating wildlife corridors. For some project areas, site specific threats to improving biodiversity will be addressed through targeted consultation with neighbouring landholders with existing native habitat values on their properties. Landholders committed to contributing in-kind with restoration activities and providing on-going maintenance of weeds and threats will be involved.

For further information about the project please contact Jai Sleeman by email.

ENDS

Media contact:             Jai Sleeman, Senior Land Services Officer Phone: 6623 3917 or 0428 400 984

Image captions:

1. Border Ranges iconic World Heritage Area, a landscape connecting productive volcanic ridges to the coastal flats.

2. A typical example of a patch-work landscape mosaic of grassy and forested corridors within the Border Ranges region (note: light green and dead skeletal tree weeds ‘Camphor laurel’).