$1 million project to help save north coast threatened species

A $1 million NSW Environmental Trust funded project aims to secure the future of eight threatened species on the NSW north east border.

Eastern bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus) egg

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Operations Coordinator Jenny Atkins said the Burning Hotspots – Gondwana Threatened Species and Fire Project is funded through the NSW Environmental Trust’s Saving our Species (SoS) Partnership Grant. 

”Already in its second year the collaborative program is achieving promising results,” Ms Atkins said.

“A survey for the Three-toed Snake Toothed Skink in Border Ranges National Park located two individuals of this large, yet elusive, burrowing lizard,” she said.  

“Surveys also found three new populations of the shrub Brush Sophora in Toonumbar and Richmond Range national parks and state forests where bush regeneration and weed control is helping save this delicate species,” Ms Atkins said.  

Other species benefitting from the project include the Red-legged Pademelon, Long-nosed Potoroo, Black-striped Wallaby, Parma Wallaby, Eastern Bristlebird and Native Jute, all priorities of the NSW Government’s Saving our Species (SoS) program.

“The Burning Hotspots project covers different land tenures including national parks, state forests, neighbouring lands on the Richmond/Koreelah Ranges, and in and around World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests,” Ms Atkin said.

“For example, the Eastern Bristlebird habitat restoration covers 220 hectares on private property and Border Ranges National Park,” she said.

Ongoing projects include Southern Cross and NSW universities undertaking camera monitoring surveys at 280 sites on nine national parks and adjoining state forest.

“The aim of this research is to record populations and investigate appropriate fire regimes and predator impacts,” Ms Atkin said.

NPWS is coordinating the Environmental Trust’s (SoS) Partnership Grant with the Office Environment and Heritage, Southern Cross University, University of NSW, Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Forestry Corporation, and the Border Ranges Alliance.

“We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to work in partnership with key organisations to conserve these threatened species for the long term,” Ms Atkin said.   

The Environmental Trust supports research projects to generate new knowledge or information to facilitate local solutions to environmental problems.

The SoS program is providing $100 million over the next five years to help protect almost a thousand animals and plants threatened from extinction in NSW.

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Contact: Vanessa Fuchs