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    Introducing our new Koala Conservation Project Officer

    Des Andersen 320Southern New England Landcare welcomes back to the team, Des Andersen who has recently been appointed as the dedicated Koala Conservation Officer for the Southern New England region.

    Des has lived and worked in the New England for 30 years and holds a master’s degree in environmental management. He has 14 years’ experience as an environmental practitioner with a passion for Koala conservation.

    Koala holger link K7yZ CsDvRU unsplash320Recent drought and bushfires coupled with climate change and human activity have significantly impacted Koala habitat. Conserving and protecting the extensive eucalypt forests of the southern New England region is crucial to the survival of the Koala.

    Southern New England Landcare is hosting the Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership Project, which will draw on the most recent Koala data gathered across the Guyra, Armidale and Uralla districts and engage with the community to deliver ‘on ground’ actions to reduce key threats and help the survival of the Koala.

    The project is a NSW Government Saving Our Species Partnership. Des has been involved with Landcare in the New England since 2013 and looks forward to working with landholders and the community.

    Image - Koalas have become even more threatened as a species since the drought and fires of 2019-2020. Image courtesy Holger Link on Unsplash.

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