Ku-ring-gai has a vast, beautiful and unique natural environment with over 30% of our local government area covered in bushland. Overall, the area supports 690 fauna species and more than 800 plant species including endangered ecological communities.
Managing bushland reserves
There are 158 bushland reserves in Ku-ring-gai, covering approximately 1,160 hectares. Most of these are small isolated pockets (around a hectare or less) of bushland. To protect, preserve and enhance our bushland and wildlife we focus on a number of key areas:
Bushland regeneration and vegetation maintenance
In 2012/3 we regenerated over 280,000m2 of bushland. Our bushland regeneration program is complemented by the efforts of our passionate Bushcare volunteers. We also carry out other vegetation maintenance such as ecological burns.
Key to maintaining bushland ecosystems is managing our water catchments, minimising the impact of storm water, improving water quality and monitoring and preventing erosion. Read more about water.
Conservation of flora and fauna
To conserve and enhance Ku-ring-gai’s native flora and fauna, we undertake a wide range of activities such as monitoring surveys, identifying and protecting key habitat and species, creating wildlife protection areas, minimising threats and implementing recovery plans.
Controlling pests and weeds
Pests and weeds pose a serious threat to our natural biodiversity. To assist in the recovery of native fauna, Council runs programs to control feral animals like foxes and rabbits. We also work to eradicate noxious and environmental weeds, prevent the spread of weeds and educate residents on managing weeds on their property. Read more about weeds.
Community use of bushland with minimal impact is encouraged through maintaining and extending recreational facilities, including over 60km of walking trails and dedicated tracks. Read about Ku-ring-gai’s bushwalking tracks.
Managing our bushland and urban interface is an important part of what we do, particularly considering the high bushfire risk in the area. We have implemented a number of initiatives to educate the community on fire dangers, preparing their homes and what to do in case of an emergency, as well as direct action to reduce fire risk through hazard reduction burns and fire trail works. Read more about our Bushfire program.
Ku-ring-gai residents play a vital role in protecting our bushland and wildlife. Council runs a number of events and information sessions about key issues such as bushland encroachment, dumping and dog walking; as well as helping inform residents about the natural environment with signage, information displays and community campaigns. Read more about what you can do.
Contact us if you’d like to suggest an area for bushland maintenance.