The towns of Burra and Eudunda are in this subregion and this area's rich mining history and German heritage provide many opportunities for tourism. Grazing is the primary land use on the ranges and cropping occurs in the valleys. Grassy woodlands and temperate native grasslands are now highly fragmented but provide important habitat for native plants and animals, including the pygmy bluetongue lizard.
This page provides an overview of the things people value about the landscapes, livelihoods and lifestyles of the Northern Ranges subregion, what is driving change, and what needs to be worked on to ensure the values supported by natural resources persist for the future.
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Some of the features we value in the Northern Ranges subregion that are supported by natural resources include:
- Aboriginal cultural values
- agricultural production from dryland grazing and cropping. Livelihoods supported by mining and heritage tourism
- strong ties to German heritage around Eudunda, copper mining settlements around Burra, natural history (fossils) and farming traditions
- permanent water sources provide drought refuge and are highly valued for grazing, tourism and conservation
- ‘Lifestyle’ values; scenic landscape and rural living
- biodiversity conservation, including threatened species and ecological communities of national significance.
The main drivers of change to natural resources identified in the Northern Ranges subregion are:
- commodity prices and access to domestic and international markets
- variability in rainfall and other weather conditions (rainfall amount, when it occurs and temperature extremes) affecting the duration of the season
- climate change and annual variability.
Potential natural resource impacts of climate change projections in the Northern Ranges subregion include:
- decline in winter rainfall, increase in daily mean, minimum and maximum temperatures and increase in frequency of heatwaves affecting agricultural production, habitat condition, soil health and erosion risk
- changes in presence and distribution of weed species due to changed soil conditions or seasonality of rainfall
- increased risk of wildfire, biodiversity loss and weed invasion after fire.
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