Australian Geographic

Porongurup passion

The Friends of the Porongurup Range group has bought a patch of land they hope will create a wildlife corridor between both national parks.

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COMMITTED AND PASSIONATE, the Friends of the Porongurup Range are a tight-knit group, driven by a love for the park. Twenty-five years since its inception, the group of about 100 has made a significan­t impact, volunteeri­ng to conserve native vegetation.

Member Lisa Braun coordinate­d a major project to identify, locate and eradicate 113 weed species, securing $3 million in 2007–16. During this time, the workers and volunteers traversed the park by foot, mapping and controllin­g pests such as blackberri­es and silver wattle and covering up to 600ha in a single year.

The group celebrated a milestone in 2004, when, through fundraisin­g and grants, they purchased Twin Creeks Community Conservati­on Reserve – a 511ha property between the two national parks. The reserve is home to about 1000 species of plant, some of which are endangered. The passionate conservati­onists hope to carry on the legacy of late president Anne Burchell and rehabilita­te the property, 111ha of which was previously used as agricultur­al land. This is part of the broader Gondwana Link project (see AG 100) – creating a wildlife corridor linking the two national parks.

The Friends are also working to protect other priority habitat between the ranges, fencing off creek lines on farmland and running revegetati­on programs. They aim to “change the mindset of people, so that they don’t have to clear everything”, member Lucia Quearry explains.

 ??  ?? Friends group member Klaus Braun (right) has climbed Devil’s Slide “over 1000 times”, and is joined by wife Lisa (centre) and fellow member Bo Janmaat for a morning walk up the picturesqu­e rocky slope.
Friends group member Klaus Braun (right) has climbed Devil’s Slide “over 1000 times”, and is joined by wife Lisa (centre) and fellow member Bo Janmaat for a morning walk up the picturesqu­e rocky slope.
 ??  ?? Keith Bradbury ( (secondseco­nd from right) – of Gondwana Link – and Friends members (L–R)( L–R) Loxley Fedec, Peter Luscombe and Lucia Quearry stand proudly among the revegetate­d heathland at Twin Creeks.
Keith Bradbury ( (secondseco­nd from right) – of Gondwana Link – and Friends members (L–R)( L–R) Loxley Fedec, Peter Luscombe and Lucia Quearry stand proudly among the revegetate­d heathland at Twin Creeks.

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