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Who is the Border Ranges Alliance?
Led by a small working group from the conservation sector, the Border Ranges Alliance represents more than 50 groups actively involved in the conservation of World Heritage-listed rainforest in the Border Ranges region of north-east NSW and south-east Queensland.
What is our focus?
Extending from Evans Head in the south to Beenleigh in the north and west to Killarny and Tabulam, Alliance members are responsible for a broad range of projects implementing the actions of the Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP), a national recovery plan for the Border Ranges rainforest and related ecosystems.
As a GER partnership, the Alliance’s priority is to promote collaboration among its members to improve the connectivity, condition and resilience of rainforest ecosystems across the Border Ranges region.
What are we up to at the moment?
The Alliance is busy developing a plan to sustain its operations following the end of the current round of NSW Environmental Trust funding. Part of this process is the development of new Priority Area Map for the Border Ranges region. This map will provide an intermediary level of guidance for the Alliance in targeting priority on-ground works and sits between the broad-scale climate corridor mapping of NSW OEH and fine-scale Repair and Conserve precinct mapping of the BMP. The map will be an important tool to guiding discussions on collaborative opportunities between Alliance members.
The Alliance Working Group has also updated its Strategic Plan providing new terms of reference for its operation through this transition period.
What have we done previously?
What makes our region special?
The Border Ranges’ rugged mountain scenery and varied wildlife is central to the recently recognised Forests of East Australia Global Biodiversity Hotspot. With over 8000 vascular plant species and more than 2000 species found nowhere else on earth this area exceeds the endemic species needed for recognition of global biodiversity. Sadly with 77% of natural vegetation cleared or degraded it also meets the criteria for a global biodiversity hotspot and means habitat for our wonderful flora and fauna is rapidly disappearing. The world-wide significance of this is under appreciated locally.
The good news is that in these 35 Biodiversity Hotspots we can conserve half of the world’s living creatures. By protecting natural habitat in the Border Ranges we are keeping alive ecosystems of unique plants and animals that help maintainnature’s most vital services supporting all life on Earth and providing many benefits to humans including clean air and water, fertile soils, food, medicines and renewable resources.
Within the NSW / Queensland Border Ranges region there are 108 conservation reserves including national parks, nature reserves, crown land and private conservation properties. While these rainforests, wildflower heaths, open forests, picturesque creeks, varied wildlife and some of the world’s best bushwalking are protected much of our native vegetation and biological diversity is on private land and impacted by growing human population and urban development. Simple steps such as restoring native vegetation to connect to forests and waterways and not letting cats and dogs go wandering can protect habitat and native animals including birds frogs and marsupials. Supporting local food and production is also a win/win strategy for a long term sustainable future in our unique Biodiversity Hotspot.