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Photo: Bill New [NCSSA 2006]

Grassy ecosystems in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges are under threat and are extremely vulnerable to degrading influences through inappropriate management. However this region offers huge scope to promote grassy ecosystem recognition, protection and management.

Grassy ecosystems can be recognised by perennial native grass tussocks and scattered groups of trees and patches of shrubs. They can support a large diversity of herbaceous plants such as lilies and orchids, including rare and threatened species of flora and fauna. They provide land management benefits of soil and water quality protection and offer productive, low input pastures with appropriate time managed grazing.

The focus of the project was the Monarto - Rockleigh - Palmer area with sites extending North to Springton, West to Brukunga, East to the flats of the River Murray and South to Langhorne Creek.

The Society received funding from both the Murray Darling Basin and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Boards to conduct the Eastern Flanks Grassy Ecosystems Project that ran from November 2002 to June 2009.

Bill New, Jo Spencer and Tim Read worked as the Grassy Ecosystem Extension Officers to promote the recognition, protection and management of grassy ecosystems in the Eastern Flanks region of the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Grassy Ecosystem Extension Officer Involvement in the project:

  • Joanne Spencer: November 2002 - May 2005
  • Tim Read: 2005 - 2006
  • Bill New: May 2006 - June 2009