Central Tablelands Local Land Services is working on a new project that will reduce invasive plants and animals threatening the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
The ‘Living on the Edge’ project will tackle invasive plants and animals such as foxes, pigs and weeds on land adjacent to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, reducing their impact on critical areas of habitat that provide a refuge for endangered species.
“The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA) contains significant natural habitat for the conservation of biological diversity,” explains Central Tablelands Senior Land Services Officer, Huw Evans.
Activities such as fox baiting, feral pig management, and blackberry control will assist in protecting key assets within the World Heritage Area, and will complement the work already being done by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service within the GBMWHA Estate.
The Living on the Edge project aims to build capacity among private landowners at priority locations that provide a buffer to the GBMWHA. Almost 700 kilometres of the Central Tablelands Local Land Services region is bordered by the GBMWHA, pretty much the entire eastern boundary.
“Collaboration with private landholders and other stakeholders will be critical to the success of this program, and we’re looking forward to working closely with local people,” says Huw.
“We’ll be providing training, support and resources to enable landholders to fulfil their general biosecurity duty requirements while also helping to protect the World Heritage Area.
“This project will focus on priority sites at Capertee Valley, Wolgan Valley, the Kanimbla/Megalong Valleys (in collaboration with Greater Sydney Local Land Services), and in the Jenolan and Tuglow-Hollanders regions.
“The Blue Mountains are considered by many as the lungs of the Sydney, with this huge area of native eucalypt forest and vegetation providing a sponge to soak up carbon emissions and pollution.
“The GBMWHA is one of only twelve natural areas in Australia on the UNESCO world heritage list. Globally there are only 1100 properties on that list, which highlights just how special the Blue Mountains region is internationally.”
Living on the Edge is supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
This article was first published in The Fence magazine.