Crossing the Divide
Practical Experiences in Linking the People, Places and Parks of the Great Eastern Ranges
The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) is one of the largest connectivity conservation projects in the world. Covering around 33 million hectares of eastern Australia, the GER brings together a broad range of stakeholders to link protected areas and restore habitat connections in a wildlife corridor stretching 3,600 kilometres from western Victoria, through New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, to far north Queensland. The trip will visit some of the spectacular national parks and landscapes in the Great Eastern Ranges to the west and south of Sydney, including the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Participants will learn how the GER regional partnerships, involving government agencies, non-government organisations, community and Aboriginal groups, universities and landowners, are helping to conserve and build connectivity at a continental scale and will meet the people that are making this happen. By the end of the trip participants will have learnt about the management of protected areas, how biodiversity and productivity is being balanced on private lands and how conservation action plans are guiding these efforts.
- Opportunities for learning will be provided through:
- Presentations provided by staff and coordinators from the GER, NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service and major non-government organisations and visits to national park visitor centres and World Heritage interpretation sites
- Site visits to view habitat restoration works and invasive animal control areas on parks and private land
- Field trip participants will learn about the challenges and management solutions associated with:
- Balancing public access with ecological maintenance of some of Australia’s most-visited protected areas and highly sensitive karst systems and the unique habitats, species and cultural associations they support
- Cross-tenure management of threats to parks and adjacent agricultural lands, including invasive feral animals, introduced weeds and wildfires
- Balancing productive agriculture with sustaining wildlife as a private land contribution to achieving landscape corridor outcomes
- Development and maintenance of regional partnerships to address complex management of protected areas and private land in a broader landscape context
New South Wales: Blue Mountains, Kanangra-Boyd, Morton, Budderoo, Abercrombie River and Royal National Parks, Jenolan Caves, and Illawarra Escarpment.
9-11 November (3 Days)
$800 per person (twin share*)
$945 (single room)
* If you require a twin-share room, please advise who you will be sharing with in the booking form. If you do not know who you are sharing with, Field Trip Leaders will attempt to place you with another participant (same sex). However, if no one is able to share with you, you will be liable for the single room cost (to be invoiced to you separately).
Field Trip Leader Contact
Name: Rob Dunn