Burra to Kapunda winter planting under way
A series of winter plantings have taken place as part of Natural Resources Northern and Yorke’s (NRNY) Burra to Kapunda landscape project that aims to restore and connect habitat across the area.
Extending from Burra in the north to Kapunda in the south, this priority conservation area has been identified through the Mid North Community Action Plan (CAP) and the Northern and Yorke NRM Plan.
The area retains significant remnant vegetation, including peppermint box grassy woodlands and iron-grass grasslands, which are protected nationally.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Community Team Leader Bonnie Maynard said that the extent and proximity of remnant vegetation in the Burra to Kapunda area made improving connectivity possible without adversely impacting on agricultural production.
"Over the past three months, 23ha of land has been revegetated thanks to a network of local landholders, community groups and organisations including Goyder Regional Council, Burra Revegetation Group, Greening Australia, Worlds End Action Group, and Natural Resources Northern and Yorke," Ms Maynard said.
"One of these project sites is Worlds End Reserve where 30 staff and volunteers attended a Volunteer Thank You and Planting Day in May, planting and tree-guarding 300 seedlings in an area of 5.8ha."
More than 1000 seedlings have been planted along Burra Creek, and seed orchards are being established in the township to ensure there is a good seed supply for future revegetation activities.
Chair of the Burra Revegetation Group Rob Perry said the recent revegetation works complemented their action plan for Burra Creek, which runs through Worlds End and connects with the River Murray to the east of Morgan.
"These activities add greatly to the diversity of the plants and species involved and contribute to the expansion of the seed bank for threatened and unique indigenous species," Mr Perry said.
In coming months the project aims to improve 600ha of native vegetation through managed grazing and protecting native woodlands.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Burra to Kapunda Project contact the Clare Natural Resources Centre on 8841 3444 or visit http://www.landscape.sa.gov.au/ny/get-involved/volunteering/volunteer-opportunities
The project is funded through a Native Vegetation Council Significant Environmental Benefit (SEB) Grant, which provides funding for the on-ground restoration of native vegetation in South Australia.