Conserving the biodiversity assets of the Northern and Yorke Agricultural District
The Northern and Yorke (NY) Agricultural District is a highly fragmented landscape due to being historically cleared for high value-high production agriculture. With a significant loss of landscape connectivity, biodiversity management programs focus on maintaining remnant listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, as well as ecologically significant species and communities.
This project will deliver an extensive community engagement program to increase participation rates in land management, including:
- initiating a school education program (1200 students per year) to build the base for cross-generational biodiversity management
- contributing to the publication of the region’s annual newspaper to promote the value of biodiversity conservation (circulation = 40,000)
- increasing engagement of the community in the region’s biodiversity planning processes.
Strategic on-ground works will be undertaken to control isolated infestations of weeds of national significance (1,400 ha), to prevent their spread in the region and improve habitat quality in remnant vegetation.
The conservation status of 10 EPBC listed flora species will be improved through site management activities at 43 populations. This sub-project will be delivered in partnership with Greening Australia and Trees for Life.
The current project will secure the long-term conservation of 10 EPBC listed flora species, through the ongoing provision of site management activities at 43 populations. With a high degree of endemicity, the conservation of these species has been identified as a priority, through the NY threatened species prioritisation process and subsequent conservation action planning.
The control of weeds of national significance (boneseed, blackberry, gorse) will be undertaken across 1,400 ha, to limit the distribution of these outlier populations and reduce their impact on the quality of remnant habitat.
This project will directly deliver habitat management activities at 43 populations of 10 EPBC listed flora species:
- spiny daisy
- spalding blown grass
- Osborne’s eyebright
- white beauty spider-orchid)
- bayonet spider-orchid)
- ghost spider-orchid)
- large-club spider-orchid)
- Woolcock’s spider-orchid)
- lowly greenhood)
- halbury greenhood)
The improved management practices on native grasslands will contribute to the conservation status of an additional five species:
- pygmy bluetongue lizard
- Flinders worm-lizard
- slender bell-fruit
- trailing hop-bush.
Greening Australia; Trees for Life
- Commonwealth Caring for our Country – Sustainable Environment Stream