Partnership Facilitator: Kylie Durant, Holbrook Landcare Network
Contact details: ph. 0418 198 522, 02 6036 3181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Slopes to Summit (S2S) partnership was established by the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) in 2007, and is governed by a Working Group of nine organisations including Nature Conservation Trust of NSW, Charles Sturt University, Holbrook Landcare Network, Murray Local Land Services, CSIRO, Australian National University, Parklands Albury Wodonga, Albury Conservation Company, and the NSW Government’s Office of Environment & Heritage. Drawing from the Working Group’s breadth of expertise and resources, S2S has a strong focus on linking biodiversity research to on-ground conservation action, and biodiversity awareness raising activities for landholders and the wider community to build support for ongoing investment in biodiversity.
The S2S project area encompasses the whole of the Alpine, South Eastern Highlands and South West Slopes bioregions within the Murray River and Billabong Creek catchments from Culcairn to Corowa in the west, to Tumbarumba and Tooma, to Kosciuszko National Park in the east. The area includes box-gum woodlands, riverine forests and floodplains, and dry foothill forests. Land and water resources support diverse agricultural enterprises, including cropping, grazing, forestry, and horticulture. The area contains a highly fragmented network of box-gum woodlands, a nationally endangered vegetation community. This habitat network supports over 100 threatened species, and also provides the basis for broader landscape restoration efforts, including revegetation. S2S has undertaken a Conservation Action Planning process identifying seven priority landscapes within the project area to focus effort, with the anticipation that biodiversity outcomes will be maximised.
S2S achievements to date:
Since 2007, S2S has secured around $3 million in funding support from Government (Federal and State), Philanthropic trusts, and corporate businesses.
Around 500 hectares has been protected under NCT conservation covenants under the S2S Covenanting Program through funding from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust forming significant corridors of privately conserved land in the priority landscapes.
In 2012, S2S secured $2.3 million over 5 years through the Federal Government’s Biodiversity Fund for the ‘S2S Bushlinks Project’, managed by Holbrook Landcare Network in collaboration with the partnership. Bushlinks has achieved 1200ha of patch protection and revegetation on farms to enhance and improve connectivity of habitat across the S2S area.
S2S has delivered a number of innovative community engagement activities, included hosting a ‘Biodiversity on Farms” Field Day (2010), production of a film on the Eucalypts of S2S called ‘Snow Gums to River Reds’ (2012), hosting of three BioBlitz events (e.g. Woomargama 2013), and conducting an amateur short film competition on the theme of biodiversity called ‘BioFlix’ (2013).
S2S has recently been successful in securing a NSW Government’s Environmental Trust funding for the Slopes2Summit BushConnect project that will continue on-ground works in two priority landscapes in the S2S area over the next 10 years to improve connectivity for squirrel gliders and woodland birds in these landscapes.
S2S partners remain committed to the partnership and the vision of a healthy Upper Murray and Billabong Creek catchment with resilient, connected, and functional ecosystems, and to maintain and restore ecological processes to provide greater security for faunal movement and dispersal in response to climate change.
- S2S Willd Pollinator Count Bioblitz 2015
- S2S Big Tree Competition 2015
- S2S BioBlitz 2013
- S2S BioFlix 2013
- S2S BioBlitz 2012