The Slopes to Summit (S2S) partnership was established by the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative in 2007 to restore, reconnect and protect the ranges in NSW, from the south-west slopes to the summit of Kosciuszko National Park.
S2S is governed by a Working Group of nine organisations. Drawing from the Working Group’s breadth of expertise and resources, S2S has a strong focus on linking research to on-ground conservation action, as well as awareness-raising activities for landholders and the wider community to build support for ongoing investment in the environment.
What makes this region special?
The S2S project area encompasses the whole of the Alpine, South Eastern Highlands and South West Slopes bioregions within the Murray River and Billabong Creek catchments from Culcairn to Corowa in the west, to Tumbarumba and Tooma, to Kosciuszko National Park in the east. This area includes a highly fragmented network of box-gum woodlands (a nationally endangered vegetation community), riverine forests and floodplains, and dry foothill forests. These habitats support over 100 threatened species, as well as providing the basis for broader landscape restoration efforts, including revegetation.
The region’s land and water resources also support a diversity of agricultural enterprises, including cropping, grazing, forestry, and horticulture. To maximise environmental outcomes, S2S undertook a Conservation Action Planning process which identified seven priority landscapes in the region within which the partnership focuses its work.
Since its establishment in 2007, around $3.5m has been invested directly in S2S projects, with a further $4 million invested by partners in on-ground conservation and capacity across public and private lands in the region. To date, the S2S partnership has achieved:
- The establishment of permanent conservation covenants across 400ha of private land
- 650ha of plantings in priority locations
- Over 950ha of vegetation management in wildlife corridors to support animals such as squirrel gliders and threatened woodland birds.