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Slopes to Summit

The Slopes to Summit partnership has received funding under the NSW Environmental Trust's most recent bush regeneration grants program: BushConnect in the Great Eastern Ranges.

S2S is a local partnership governed by a Working Group of nine organisations with a vested interest in the management and protection of biodiversity in the eastern Murray region of NSW, and ensuring the protection of the region's biodiversity in the face of climate change. 

The BushConnect grants form part of the NSW Government's support of the Great Eastern Ranges, and build on $11.1 million invested by successive governments between 2007 and 2015. The grants will support 16 projects with a total value of more than $7.5 million to restore connectivity through long-term bush regeneration projects.

Projects will commence in January 2016, and will operate to June 2025.

The funding for S2S will be used to target two high priority landscapes in the Holbrook region, strengthening corridor connectivity between Woomargama and Benambra National Parks, and Morgans Ridge and Nest Hill Nature reserves. 

Holbrook Landcare Network will manage the project, with the main components being:

  • Charles Sturt University connectivity modelling (before and after)
  • On-ground connectivity revegetation in Woomargama and Little Billabong
  • On-ground habitat enhancement work (nestboxes, fallen timber enhancement)
  • On-ground TSR management and habitat enhancement
  • Limited staffing to support these activities and S2S Facilitation until end 2018.

The S2S Working Group includes representatives from Murray Local Land Services, Nature Conservation Trust of NSW, Charles Sturt University, Holbrook Landcare Network, CSIRO, Australian National University, Parklands Albury Wodonga, Albury Conservation Company, and the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

The S2S region extends from the mountains of Kosciuszko National Park in the east to the fragmented agricultural landscapes of the southwest slopes including the Murray River and Billabong Creek catchments.

Further information: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/bushconnect.htm