Work begins to protect endangered blue gum habitat on the Eyre Peninsula

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The Nature Foundation is working with an Eyre Peninsula landowner and the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Council to protect a significant patch of endangered native vegetation.

The property contains 13ha of Eyre Peninsula blue gum woodland which is a Nationally Threatened Ecological Community and listed as endangered under the Environment Protection and Conservation Act. the biodiversity.

Liam Crook, the Nature Foundation’s program coordinator for the project, said part of the property will soon be designated as an Area of ​​Significant Environmental Benefits and work will begin to improve the condition of native vegetation on 10 years and to protect the area in perpetuity.

“The protection of remaining native vegetation is vitally important in South Africa, including the Eyre Peninsula, due to historical clearance and habitat fragmentation across the landscape,” Crook said. .

“This project can provide on-the-ground ‘compensation’ for the clearing of vegetation associated with infrastructure development in the local area, producing tangible results for the flora and fauna of the Eyre Peninsula.

“These pockets of existing native vegetation provide refuges for our native wildlife and it is crucial that they are protected in perpetuity, so that they are not cleared or damaged in the future.”

The property contains 13ha of endangered Eyre Peninsula Blue Gum. Photo: provided

The project will reduce competition from highly threatening weed species that significantly compromise the nutrients available to native vegetation.

“Some introduced species just blanket the area and don’t allow new recruitment of native grasses and grasses – that really impacts the diversity of native species that are out there,” Crook said.

“Managing weed infestations and controlling wildlife population allows bushland to regenerate and often increases biodiversity.”

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board provided $10,000 in funding for the project through its Grassroots Grants program.

Nature Foundation provided additional support to set up the SEB compensation area and the management plan for the landowner to follow.

“We see there is untapped potential and opportunities on the Eyre Peninsula for landowners to improve and protect the native vegetation on their properties without being out of pocket too,” Crook said.

Once the approval process is finalized with the Department of Environment and Water’s Native Vegetation Council, the landowner will be responsible for the management plan for this special habitat patch on the Eyre Peninsula.

Nature Foundation is a non-profit organization that protects the natural environment of South Australia in its eight nature reserves, comprising more than 500,000 ha, and in collaboration with different partners and landowners. In total, they have helped protect flora and fauna on more than 1.15 million hectares.

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