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Clean Energy Future’s Biodiversity Fund

WildEyre wins funding for the future

WildEyre Conservation Alliance: Implementing NatureLinks across Eyre Peninsula

Background

WildEyre was successful in attracting a $4.7 million dollar grant from the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future’s Biodiversity Fund program in 2012. Aimed at funding activities for the next 5-6 years, this project is a major win for the WildEyre group and will result in better outcomes for conservation in this spectacular area.What are we working on?

Using the Conservation Action Planning process, WildEyre have identified our strategic priorities which aim to maintain, protect and enhance the following priority ecological assets and the species they support (on public and private land):

  • Sheoak Grassy Woodlands
  • Red Gum Woodlands
  • Coastal areas
  • Mallee Box/Native Pine Woodlands

WildEyre seed bank is available for seed to be borrowed and replaced

Each of these assets will have three types of restoration works undertaken on them being:

  • Biodiverse plantings and large scale revegetation
  • Protection and enhancement of existing vegetation
  • Pest plant and animal control to prevent the spread of invasive species

Project Outcomes

This long term project will achieve the following outcomes, over a 6 year timeframe:

  • Baseline resource condition assessment including remnant vegetation condition and mapping key weed distribution across the landscape (eg develop strategic plan for African Boxthorn control within high priority coastal vegetation).
  • Develop a landscape linkages plan to identify priority areas for revegetation and habitat restoration.
  • Enhance the WildEyre seedbank to ensure adequate seed supplies for large scale revegetation projects.
  • Improve direct seeding technology/equipment.
  • Improved understanding of native vegetation carbon storage capacity (ie undertake carbon sequestration analysis for targeted vegetation types)
  • Strategic biodiverse revegetation in priority areas to improve physical, ecological connectivity and structural diversity (625ha).
  • Protection and enhancement of existing native vegetation over 4000ha (eg. environmental weed control and stock exclusion fencing).
  • Invasive species management (vertebrate pests and environmental weeds) across tenures to reduce the impact of invasive species within priority ecological assets (5000ha).
  • Improved relationships with key landmanagers in the project area (includes resourcing land managers to undertake improved vegetation management, revegetation and vertebrate pest and environmental weed control within high priority areas).
  • Improved Aboriginal participation and training in land management activities (ie targeted training for Aboriginal work teams in seed collection and pest and weed control and subsequent on ground application).

New Direct Seeding Machine specifically designed and built to work on sheet limestone areas”

Photo of Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation employees Jake Dunn (Left), Spencer Benbolt (middle) and Adam Coleman (right) spreading out native plant seed pods they have collected to dry

Italian Buckthorn control in the Sheringa Sand Dunes

Funding provided by: Australian Government

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