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Dear Great Eastern Ranges members, partners and supporters,

With a long road still ahead in our recovery from the 2019-2020 bushfire crisis and COVID-19, and the recent devastating floods in NSW adding insult to injury, 2021 has so far failed to be the fresh start that we had all hoped for. Despite these hurdles, GER and its expanding network of partners continue to roll out projects across eastern Australia to help our country, communities, wildlife and economies to heal. As the floodwaters recede we are ready with shovels and science in hand once again to take stock, regroup and dig in.  

Here are just some of the Great Eastern Ranges projects, initiatives and partnerships that you are helping to support, with many more to come. 
 
CONNECTING PLAINS TO PACIFIC
GER is working with the Community Environment Network to launch a new initiative to protect, connect and restore the diverse Hawkesbury Nepean River from the Western Plains at Oberon to the Central Coast. Plains to Pacific will bring together local landholders, communities, and organisations to enhance the health of the iconic river catchment, reconnect critical habitat and support local wildlife such as platypus, freshwater mussels, yellow-bellied gliders and woodland birds.   
 
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SURVEYS INDICATE ALARMING DECLINE OF GREATER GLIDERS IN BLUE MOUNTAINS WORLD HERITAGE AREA
A recent survey in our Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala partnership area estimates that the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires alone resulted in a sobering 45% decline in the population of Greater Gliders in the Blue Mountains. The survey was commissioned by GER and WWF-Australia as part of our joint bushfire recovery project – Cores, Corridors and Koalas. 
 
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JALIIGIRR BIODIVERSITY ALLIANCE LAUNCHES THE GAARLA-NGURRAA FUND IN RECOGNITION OF JULIE WOODROFFE
The Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance has launched the Gaarla-Ngurraa Fund in honour of one of their valued co-founders and dedicated supporter of the Great Eastern Ranges, Julie Woodroffe. The moving launch was led by Gumbaynggirr Elders at Look At Me Now Headland near Coffs Harbour last Tuesday. The important Aboriginal site was chosen due to its deep significance to the traditional custodians of the land on which Jaliigirr operates.
 
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PHASE 1 OF BUSHFIRE RECOVERY RESEARCH PROJECT WINDING UP
The first phase of the Bushfire Recovery Project, which aims to provide a science-informed response to the 2019-2020 bushfire crisis that optimises wildlife and landscape recovery, is winding up. Led by Prof Brendan Mackey from Griffith University and Prof David Lindenmayer from the Australian National University in partnership with GER, the project is working to assess the impact of the devastating bushfires and track the recovery of south-eastern Australia’s forests.
 
Learn more
 
NEW PARTNERSHIP IN TASMANIA
GER is pleased to welcome the North East Bioregional Network (NBEN) as our newest partner. The emerging partnership will develop and deliver joint conservation efforts to support migratory species including birds, microbats and butterflies that regularly move between north-east Tasmania and the mainland; collect and analyse data to increase our understanding of migratory wildlife and inform priority habitats for protection and restoration; build capacity; share knowledge and resources, and promote connectivity conservation.
 
Learn more about NEBN
Wishing you all a safe and healthy time ahead,
Gary Howling
Executive Director & CEO
Great Eastern Ranges 
Initiative
Bob Debus
Chair
Great Eastern Ranges Initiative
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