Restoring and reconnecting landscape in south-west Western Australia
|Chereninup Creek, Chereninup Reserve.
Photo: Chinch Gryniewicz
The Gondwana Link project is an exciting and ambitious landscape conservation project in south-west Western Australia.
Our aim is to repair some of the ecological damage inflicted by land clearing and unsustainable land management practices.
It is restoring and reconnecting fragmented habitats between the Stirling Range and the Fitzgerald River National Parks as Stage 1 of a larger plan. Ultimately, Gondwana Link will create an extensive belt of ecological linked native vegetation from the karri forests of the south-west to the Great Western Woodlands around Kalgoorlie.
The project is the first of its kind in Australia and leading the way in the conservation of rural landscapes. It brings together many partners with complementary skills that benefit the environment and local and regional communities.
|Bushland on the banks of a freshwater pool at Beringa Reserve. Photo: Chinch Gryniewicz.
The following Bush Heritage reserves contribute to Gondwana Link:
Bush Heritage is a major stakeholder in this initiative and is responsible for buying and protecting areas of remnant habitat. Some of our reserves also have areas of cleared land where revegetation work is re-establishing connections between the bushland.
|Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve, with the Stirling Ranges behind. Photo: Amanda Keesing.
The Gondwana Link project is a partnership between Bush Heritage and the following environmental organisations:
Greening Australia works in partnership with landholders, the community, government and business to tackle environmental degradation in a practical, apolitical, scientific way. Greening Australia has considerable experience in environmental restoration and is committed to large scale revegetation with native species and the trial of native species for ecologically sensitive industries.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Science guides the organisation's work by identifying Earth's most important natural places. Using innovative tools, The Nature Conservancy protects and restores these priority places. The organisation works together with communities and partners around the world.
The Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society (TWS) is Australia's largest national, community-based, conservation organisation working solely for the protection of Australia's wilderness and other high conservation value areas; and through this our unique ecosystems, plants and animals. Since its formation in 1976, The Wilderness Society has protected over seven million hectares of wilderness in Australia, including Kakadu, the Daintree, Kangaroo Island, south west Tasmania, including the Franklin River, Australia's sub-Antarctic Islands (Macquarie, Heard and McDonald Islands), Victoria's mallee woodlands and SE Queensland's high conservation value forests.
The work of TWS is guided by the science and philosophy of WildCountry. WildCountry is a long-term, large scale vision for the conservation of Australian ecosystems and involves a range of conservation strategies in a variety of projects nationwide and it recognises that the conservation of biodiversity requires the protection and restoration, not just of small patches of country, but entire ecosystems and ecological processes.
Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
The Fitzgerald Biosphere Group is a non-profit grower and natural resource management group operating within the Shire of Jerramungup on the south coast of WA. The group works with farmers, researchers, industry groups and federal and state agencies to address local production (ie: diseases, pests and nutrient limitations) and natural resource management issues (ie: salinity and soil acidification) to ensure the long-term sustainability of the agricultural industry and the communities within the region.
Friends of Fitzgerald River National Park
The Friends of the Fitzgerald support and promote the appreciation, enjoyment and study of the Fitzgerald River National Park in a manner consistent with its high conservation values.
For more information on the Gondwana Link project:
Page Last Updated: Friday 13 February 2009