Sixteen long-term Great Eastern Ranges corridor environmental projects have won a share of over $7.5 million in Bush Connect grants to start decade long conservation projects, including Holbrook Landcare’s Slopes2Summit BushConnect project worth $499,875.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the NSW Environmental Trust grants provide funding of between $250,000 and $500,000 each, for the first six years of the projects. The 16 projects awarded grants will span the Great Eastern Ranges, from the north of the state to the southern border.
“This program is designed to encourage partnerships between community environment groups or networks, farmers and non-government organisations to complete important environmental work,” Mr Speakman said.
The Slopes2Summit Bush Connect will see Holbrook Landcare working with the Slopes2Summit team targeting two high priority fragmented landscapes in the Holbrook region. Key actions will include the strengthening of existing vegetation on roadways, creeklines and glideways (for threatened Squirrel glider), revegetation and fencing works to build new corridors, community awareness activities, and a pilot program engaging the community in managing isolated Travelling Stock Reserves for biodiversity values. Slopes to Summit (S2S) is an established connectivity conservation group based in the NSW SW Slopes, with a focus on strengthening landscape connectivity for endangered box woodland species. The project will be managed by Holbrook Landcare Network, and guided by scientific input from research partners.
The full list of successful projects around the state can be viewed at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/2015-bush-connect.htm
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