Partnership Facilitator: Mary Bonet, Upper Lachlan Landcare Coordinating Committee
Contact Details: Phone 0459 352892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala?
Since 2012, the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala (K2W) partnership has been working with landholders, local communities and organisations to protect the wildlife and natural resources of the Abercrombie Catchment in an area we call the K2W Link. This includes:
- Working with local landholders to strategically manage and control pest animals and weeds;
- Encouraging and supporting people who want to maintain or restore native vegetation on their land;
- Re-vegetating priority areas that help to reconnect the land;
- Sharing of Aboriginal traditional knowledge and the development of new joint ventures; and
- Providing opportunities for community involvement and education through field days, workshop, replanting events and citizen science surveys.
Where do we work?
The Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala (K2W) Link forms a major natural connection between the sandstone forests of the Greater Blue Mountains and the hilly countryside around Wyangala Dam. Following the line of the Abercrombie River, the K2W Link is rich in culture and heritage and includes a particularly diverse range of plant and animals. Several significant protected areas sit within the area, including Kanangra-Boyd and Abercrombie River National Parks, Copperhania Nature Reserve and the Wyangala State Recreation Area.
Why makes this area special?
From the towering eucalypts and ravines of Kanangra-Boyd National Park to the undulating fields of working farms, the K2W Link supports a wealth of activities and livelihoods.
The K2W link is important because:
It forms a natural highway – Animals, birds and plants need to be able to move freely across the land to survive. The K2W Link serves as a vital east-west connection between the Blue Mountains and Wyangala, which enables wildlife to move between areas in search of food, water and habitat.
It serves as a drought refuge – Satellite imagery indicates that the K2W Link remains consistently wetter than surrounding areas throughout the year. This means that it contains many core areas of habitat where animals and birds can seek shelter and food during periods of lower rainfall or drought.
It’s diverse – The diverse variety habitats provided in the K2W Link supports a vast array of species; over 2,400 species of native plants, animals, fish and reptiles live in the area.
It contains significant natural connections – The area already has a good proportion of well-connected, native habitat. By building on these natural connections through the re-vegetation of key areas and the maintenance of existing native vegetation, we can ensure that the K2W Link