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New threatened species funding

South East Local Land Services is taking part in a $1 million Saving Our Species program to protect critically endangered populations of the Yellow-spotted Bell Frog and the Southern Pygmy Perch in the Gunning area.

The Yellow-spotted Bell Frog and Southern Pygmy Perch are heavily affected by loss of habitat and high levels of sediment within our waterways. South East Local Land Services is calling on landholders to assist us in saving these species, which are nearing extinction.

South East Local Land Services has received $125,000 to work with landholders in the Blakney Creek and Jerrawa Creek catchments to improve riparian habitat for these species in the agricultural landscape. Works include strategic grazing management within riparian areas through fencing, planting of native vegetation (terrestrial and aquatic), earthworks and feral pest and weed control.

A consortium of partners is working together to secure these populations within our region. Partners include: South East Local Land Services, Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), DPI Fisheries, Taronga Zoo, Blakney Creek Bialla Landcare Group, Jerrawa Creek Landcare Group, Upper Lachlan Landcare Network and a number of individual landholders.

OEH and DPI Fisheries officers will continue to survey their annual monitoring sites in the area, with the hope to see habitat and population improvements. Taronga Zoo is managing a captive-breeding program for the Yellow-spotted Bell Frog with the hope of re-introducing the threatened species at rehabilitated sites. Refuge sites are also being established for the Southern Pygmy Perch in some creeks and dams within the local area.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services is the lead organisation for the overall $1 million project, with Riverina and Murray also undertaking similar riparian projects in their regions. The funding has come from the Environmental Trust Saving Our Species Partnerships Grants.

For more information contact:

Melissa Henry
02  6385 1018