The Stepping Stones project is contributing to the Great Eastern Ranges (GER) Initiative, one of the largest conservation partnership projects in the world.
The Stepping Stones project seeks to strengthen habitat connectivity across the Hunter Valley. The project recognises the key role of private landholders in these connectivity conservation efforts Connectivity Conservation
”Paddock trees can act as stepping stones between habitat patches”
Connectivity doesn’t always mean conservation of a continuous band of forest, woodland or grassland. Sometimes there are natural breaks and a good outcome can be achieved by maintaining ‘stepping stones’ of natural bush, in a disturbed or partly-cleared landscape, that let species move, breed and adapt as ecosystems change.
There are 4,350 isolated patches of bushland on private lands in the Hunter Valley and the GER Hunter Valley Stepping Stones project is supporting landholders to reconnect these patches of bushland to the backbone of the Great Eastern Ranges by creating a series of “Stepping Stones” on private lands. The project will increase ecosystem resilience to climate change and development threats by strengthening connections between key habitat patches.