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