Gondwana Link: your new reserve

Sunday 20 March, 2005
Petrophile divaricata. Photo Jiri and Marie Lochman/Lochman Transparencies.

Petrophile divaricata. Photo Jiri and Marie Lochman/Lochman Transparencies.

Your gifts have helped Bush Heritage to buy and protect two new properties in Australia’s only internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot in south-west Western Australia.

These properties are in the hotspot’s south-eastern sector and were profiled in the Bush Heritage News of Spring 2004, when negotiations for their purchase were still under way. They're key areas needed to achieve the Gondwana Link vision.

Diverse shrubland. Photo Jiri and Marie Lochman/Lochman Transparencies.

Diverse shrubland. Photo Jiri and Marie Lochman/Lochman Transparencies.

Bush Heritage, together with Greening Australia, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group, Friends of the Fitzgerald and The Wilderness Society, are working towards realising this Gondwana Link vision. The ultimate goal is to reconnect 500 kilometres of remnant bushland from the Karri to Kalgoorlie to save the unique and diverse animals and plants of the region.

The project will also support and help to revive the region’s ailing rural communities. The 70-kilometre stretch of land between the Fitzgerald River and Stirling Range national parks, where Bush Heritage is concentrating its efforts, is the logical starting point for this vast-scale project.

Deeply incised creek line running through the heart of the reserve. Photo Jiri and Marie Lochman/Lochman Transparencies.

Deeply incised creek line running through the heart of the reserve. Photo Jiri and Marie Lochman/Lochman Transparencies.

Key parcels of remnant habitat and disused adjoining agricultural land have been identified as the first priority for acquisition and revegetation.

With your help, two more of these key properties have now been purchased. They lie south-west of the Corackerup Nature Reserve and help to form the foundation on which the extensive habitat corridor will be rebuilt. The purchase of even more land is currently being negotiated.

Ultimately, the Gondwana Link pathway will create an extensive belt of native vegetation throughout the region. It will allow the wildlife, now trapped in small, isolated habitats, to repopulate. New ecologically sustainable farming methods and businesses producing new products and services will buffer this belt of linked habitats, while providing employment opportunities for the local people.

This is a whole-community effort and your gifts are a critical part of its success. Thank you.

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