Whilst the Great Eastern Ranges contain some of the most intact protected areas in the country, they also encompass some of the most heavily cleared landscapes. Within the NSW portion of the corridor alone, more than 780,000 hectares of land have been cleared and more than 380,000 additional hectares are disturbed or degraded. For this reason, revegetation and restoration comprise a significant proportion of GER’s work to enhance connectivity, build corridors and linkages across the landscape, and expand core areas of habitat.
In addition, areas with a high diversity and abundance of native species are more resilient and may be more resistant to invasion by introduced species. Habitat rehabilitation that re-establishes a variety of native species, in combination with cross-tenure invasive species management, is an important way of managing the major threats posed by introduced species.
There is a range of revegetation projects occurring throughout the GER corridor. Some examples include:
- Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), a GER national partner, is delivering large on-ground restoration projects throughout the Great Eastern Ranges using local and international volunteers. In the Capertee Valley in NSW, CVA volunteers have been involved in restoring and expanding critical box-ironbark woodland habitat, which is a vital breeding stronghold for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. Over four weeks, volunteers planted 2,565 native trees over an area of 5.5 hectares, and maintained 600 existing trees over another 5 hectare area through the removal of weeds, watering, and the placement of tree guards.
- The Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council is working with Greening Australia to revegetate and restore Wahluu Gamarra, 141 acres of woody grassland at Mt Panorama in Bathurst.
- Greening Australia NSW is delivering on-ground works, including whole of paddock restoration and plantings of mixed native species for the GER Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link.
- Hinterland Bush Links aims to protect, restore and connect habitat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, through a range of restoration projects on private lands that involve landholders and the wider community.