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Dear Great Eastern Ranges members, partners and supporters,

Despite COVID-19 restrictions impacting on-ground efforts, we have continued to work with our partners to restore and reconnect healthy habitats across eastern Australia as well as refresh GER’s strategic plan to better position us to meet the environmental challenges of the future. With Spring planting season now started and COVID restrictions easing, we will be ramping up our efforts to help Australia recover from the devastating impacts of the 2019-2020 fires and to build back better and greener post the pandemic.
GER is deeply saddened by the loss of Honorary Associate Professor Graeme Worboys AM who passed away last week after a long illness. Graeme was one of Australia’s conservation giants and co-founder of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, who dedicated his life to advocating for and working to protect our environment. We have lost a brave friend and one of Australia’s greatest champions for nature. The Great Eastern Ranges will stand as a permanent testament to the remarkable legacy that Graeme leaves behind. Please click here to read our tribute to Graeme.
Here are some key updates and news from the GER network which have all been made possible thanks to the support of people like you.
To share practical and scientific knowledge and increase action for glider conservation in the wake of the 2019-2020 bushfires, GER is supporting the Biolinks Alliance’s Greater and Squirrel Glider symposium. The two-day virtual event on 27-28 October 2020 will engage key glider researchers and practitioners working across eastern Australia through a series of presentations, speaker Q&As, panel discussions and focused workshops. As well as galvanising local collaboration and action in Victoria, the symposium will contribute information to help inform the development of a national Glideways recovery plan.
GER’s post-fire efforts with partners to restore and relink habitat and assist wildlife across eastern Australia has made significant progress over the past several months. Our partnership with WWF-Australia is supporting community-led projects in ten priority areas across the ranges, resulting in large-scale efforts to restore fire-affected habitat for koalas, gliding possums and other forest dependent wildlife. GER is also supporting a large-scale fire mapping and research effort led by Griffith University to provide a science-informed bushfire response that optimises wildlife and ecosystem recovery. More information on this significant, collaborative research effort will be provided in our next enewsletter. GER is currently in the process of exploring additional opportunities to expand our bushfire recovery efforts.
Community volunteers came together in August to help plant 750 native trees and shrubs, comprising 35 rainforest species, on a property near Berry on the NSW South Coast. Nestled near Broughton Creek, this future rainforest gully in the GER Illawarra to Shoalhaven partnership region creates a natural ‘stepping-stone’ which will serve to close the habitat gap created by the treeless pastures on either side. The plantings form part of the Berry Bush Links project, a partnership led by Berry Landcare, which is working to reconnect the region’s isolated forests to create a vital corridor for wildlife moving between the coast and the escarpment.
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GER welcomed the recent publication of IUCN’s Guidelines for Conserving Connectivity through Ecological Networks and Corridors. Several years in the making, the guidelines were developed by a specialist group of more than 100 managers and practitioners from 30 countries, including several of the Great Eastern Ranges’ Directors. The aim was to establish definitions for connectivity conservation practice and to highlight applications at a global level. GER sees the release of the new guidelines, and the critical need to build back better post the pandemic, as a prime opportunity to reinvigorate Australia’s world-leading strategy for preserving and connecting habitat at the continental scale – the National Wildlife Corridors Plan.
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Best wishes for a safe and healthy period ahead,
Gary Howling
Executive Director & CEO
Great Eastern Ranges
Bob Debus
Great Eastern Ranges
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