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Bushtracks Summer 2022

Published 14 Jan 2022

By the time this edition of Bushtracks is released into the world, it will be two years since the devastating bushfires of the Black Summer. For many Australians, the ripples of those events are still spreading out, and so it is too for the bush.

On our reserves, bushfire recovery will continue for some time. But there have been some silver linings. Brogo Reserve, Yuin country on the New South Wales far south coast, is one of many landscapes that we protect to have received bushfire recovery funding. In ‘A closer look at Brogo’, we explore how that funding is allowing us to care for Brogo better than ever before, starting with targeted threatened species surveys.

The cover of this edition takes you to our newest reserve, Buckrabanyule, on Dja Dja Wurrung country in north-central Victoria. Here we have protected a hugely important cultural site from potential subdivision and secured access to the source of the region’s largest Wheel Cactus infestation which impacts many surrounding properties including our Nardoo Hills reserves.

Now, through our joint-management of this land with DJAARA – the corporation representing Dja Dja Wurrung people – we have the opportunity to heal country and control a significant environmental threat.

This magazine also includes an update on our Balanggarra partnership in the Kimberley, where we are supporting a key governance role that will help drive conservation, social and cultural outcomes. And of course, there’s the incredible story of plants and pollinators in south-west Western Australia.

As we embark on our 2030 Strategic Plan, you'll be hearing many more exciting stories such as these. We have an ambitious goal to deepen and double our impact across our existing reserves and partnerships, while also aiming to grow our footprint to cover 30 million hectares – an area of land equivalent to about 40% of New South Wales.

As you read these stories, I hope they serve as small reminders of the impact that your support makes possible. For this, I am so grateful.

CEO Heather Campbell

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Heather Campbell, Chief Executive Officer.

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Buckrabanyule landscape. Photo Stu Heppell.

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Beyond the cactus

Together with Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Custodians we are walking to Dhelkunya Dja (heal Country) at one of Victoria’s most heavily infested Wheel Cactus sites.

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Rock Orchids and ferns. Photo by Michael Blyde

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A closer look at Brogo

Two years on from the Black Summer, bushfire recovery funding is allowing us to survey for threatened species on Brogo Reserve for the first time.

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Homeward bound

A new Indigenous tourism venture in the Kimberley is opening doors for Balanggarra people to keep their country healthy, and in their hands.

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Andersonia parvifolia at Monjebup Reserve. Photo Libby Sandiford

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More than beauty

In south-west Western Australia, an incredible diversity of plants sustains an incredible diversity of pollinators. So what happens when both are under threat?

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Corinna Clark's happy place

When the sun sets down beyond the sand dunes at Pilungah Reserve in far western Queensland, we like to go and sit on a sand dune near the homestead dubbed Little Red.

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