Partnership facilitator: Lesley Peden
Contact details: 0400 806 089 or email email@example.com
Who is the Kosciusko to Coast partnership?
Since 2006, the Kosciusko to Coast (K2C) Partnership has been committed to building the resilience, extent and connectedness of natural vegetation and halting the further decline and loss of species across the Kosciusko to Coast Region. K2C activities focus on private and public lands where landholders are interested in voluntary cooperative conservation incentives and protection options. K2C is achieving great results in engaging and supporting local landholders in conservation activities. Consisting of thirteen Government and non-government natural resource management or biodiversity focussed partners, the current K2C partnership includes:
- ACT Government – Environment and Sustainable Development
- Bush Heritage Australia
- Friends of Grassland
- Greening Australia Capital Region
- Molonglo Catchment Group
- National Parks Association of ACT
- National Parks Association of NSW
- Nature Conservation Trust NSW
- NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
- South East Local Land Services
- Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee
- Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare Committee
- Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council
What is our focus?
Through its Conservation Action Plan (CAP), the K2C Partnership has identified threatened ecological communities and threatened species groups as a target for conservation activity in the K2C region. They include:
- Native Grasslands
- Grassy Woodlands
- Valley Floor Watercourses
- Small Bush Birds
- Arboreal Mammals and
- Forest areas that contain threatened vegetation communities, flora and fauna.
What are we up to at the moment?
K2C has hosted or is currently hosting a number of conservation projects, including:
- Myer Grassland Project
- Landscape Links for Small Bush Birds
What have we done previously?
- Development of the K2C-ALA Species Atlas and the K2C Site Atlas
- Murrumbidgee Landscape Connectivity project
- Traditional Land Management Practices project
- Adopting Indigenous Values in the Community
- Glossy Black-Cockatoo project
K2C has engaged over 100 landholders across the region and hosted or co-hosted many workshops and field days over the last nine years. K2C also produces a seasonal newsletter with a readership of 500 people.
What makes our region special?
The K2C region extends from Yass in the North West in a South- Eastern direction to Batemans Bay on the coast. The Partnership area then extends south down the coastline to Victoria. Stretching from Kosciuszko National Park to the south coast of New South Wales, the region occupies the greatest altitudinal sequence on the Australian continent, supporting a variety of woodland and forest ecosystems and ecological communities ranging from alpine snowfields to coastal heath and dunes.
Over the past 200 years the distribution of native grasslands and woodlands throughout the region has contracted considerably, resulting in the fragmentation of vegetation and a subsequent loss of habitat for many native animals. As a consequence, the landscape is under considerable stress with its long-term agricultural and environmental production capacity being severely reduced.
Through its Partners and K2C projects, K2C is committed to working with the community, including farmers, other landholders, townspeople, community groups and the indigenous community, to target areas of high quality or sensitive biodiversity and enhance linkages between them.