Feral fighter, soil saver recognised in environmental awards

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Exceptional contributions to natural resources management on KI have been recognised with the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Local Achievers NRM Awards at the Australia Day ceremony in Kingscote.

Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board Presiding member, Richard Trethewey said the Board established the awards to thank those who have contributed their time, energy and resources to caring for and maintaining the island’s natural environment.

“The winner of the Outstanding Individual Award for 2018 was Barry Green. With great dedication, Barry has removed over 1420 feral cats from Kangaroo Island, kept meticulous records of his work and contributed to scientific studies," Mr Trethewey said.

“The winner of the Community NRM Project Award for 2018 was the KI Community Education (KICE) Marine Program. This program combines elements of the science and geography learning areas of the Australian Curriculum to connect years 7, 8 and 9 students to the KI marine environment.

“The winner of the Sustainable Primary Production Award for 2018 was Agriculture KI, for its soil testing program. This program supports land managers to monitor the soil pH and nutritional status of their paddocks, in order to match fertilizer and lime requirements to soil type and plant needs.”

“We would like to recognise all nominees that took the time and effort to apply and thank the community members who nominated individuals and groups,” Mr Trethewey said.

For further information about the Local NRM Achievers Awards, please see the Natural Resources Kangaroo Island website, or contact the Natural Resources centre at Kingscote, phone 8553 4444.

Photos: thanks to The Islander/Steve Howell.

Top photo: Danny Male, Emma Bell, Maxine McSherry. Photo left: Lynne Dohle and Dr Peggy Rismiller. Photo right: Barry Green and Dr Peggy Rismiller

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