Yorke Peninsula's Green Army on track for decisive victory
Yorke Peninsula’s Green Army have been working across the Peninsula since the beginning of May, and are achieving extraordinary outcomes for biodiversity and habitat conservation.
The team, consisting of seven young locals and their supervisor, have joined forces with Natural Resources Northern and Yorke and local community groups to deliver a range of on-ground conservation works across Yorke Peninsula.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Community Ranger Janet Moore said that the determination and efforts of the group so far have been outstanding.
”The team are gaining exposure to the wide array of conservation works underway across Yorke Peninsula and are learning a number of environmental management techniques,” Ms Moore said.
“The result of the Green Army’s efforts are directly improving critical habitat areas for many of the threatened species on Yorke Peninsula as well as bolstering the conservation efforts of local community groups.”
Ms Moore says the Yorke Peninsula Green Army have treated and removed thousands of invasive pest plants, have carried out fox baiting across 5000 hectares, removed half a tonne of marine debris from beaches, performed erosion control and trail maintenance as well as planting hundreds of native plants.
The Green Army, which is supported by Natural Resources Northern and Yorke through funding from the Australian Government, have been working side by side with members of the community.
Hillock’s Drive proprietor Pam Bennet recently worked with the Green Army to remove an infestation of invasive plants such as Boxthorn, Polygala and Diosma from native vegetation and to collect marine debris from the coastline.
“It was great to have the Green Army working with us; the team are very enthusiastic, eager to learn and the skills and knowledge they’re developing will give them a solid foundation to move into a wide range of occupations,” Ms Bennet said.
The Green Army team will continue operating on Yorke Peninsula until late September, before the participants begin their next chapter in environmental conservation.
If you would like to learn about, or become involved in future revegetation and restoration projects in the Northern and Yorke region, please contact the Natural Resources Centre in Clare on 8841 3444 or email DEWNR.NRNY@sa.gov.au.