NSW Government to Support Rewilding Efforts

A major shift in policy direction in NSW will see support for reintroduction programs for lost species. Linda Bell, Senior Team Leader of the Ecosystems and Threatened Species section of the Office of Environment & Heritage writes that on April 13, the Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker announced the NSW Government’s intention to return to NSW National Parks, mammal species that have been extinct in this State.

The NSW Government is now conducting a registration of interest (ROI) process as the first step in working with non-government partners. The ROI process will gather information from potential conservation partners who have demonstrated experience in the reintroduction of mammals and associated conservation management activities.

Details about the new initiative including questions and answers, the media release, and details about the registration of interest can be found here www.environment.nsw.gov.au/SavingOurSpecies/extinct.htm.

The closing date for registrations of interest is 15 May 2014. This project is part of the Saving Our Species program which aims to maximise the number of threatened species that can be secured in the wild in NSW over the next 100 years, and will be part of the iconic management stream. Further details about the Saving our Species program can be found here www.environment.nsw.gov.au/savingourspecies/about.htm.

As with all projects under the Saving our Species program, the project will be subject to rigorous monitoring and evaluation and the investment is in addition to current Saving our Species funding. If you have further questions please email the Saving Our Species program on savingourspecies@environment.nsw.gov.au

Extinct species get hope under an ambitious plan to turn back the clock and give animals a Jurassic Park-style home of their own - The Sunday Telegraph