Natural Resources Northern and Yorke is responsible for delivering a range of programs and projects on behalf of the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board and the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Working together with partners, volunteers and the broader Northern and Yorke community, Natural Resources Northern and Yorke’s business includes public lands responsibilities, encouraging sustainable production practices, and conserving and managing the regions environment.
Their work aims to achieve the targets set out in the region’s Natural Resources Management Plan. This plan was developed by the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board in partnership with the community, stakeholders and partners.
The Northern and Yorke (NY) natural resources management region extends for 34,500 square kilometres, or more than three million hectares. It is a varied and productive portion of South Australia and includes 1,350km of coastline and adjacent marine areas.
The region encompasses the Yorke Peninsula, the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, the southern Flinders Ranges and significant areas of Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent.
The region supports a population of approximately 95,000 people who reside in agricultural, coastal and urban communities. It welcomes a large number of visitors each year to destinations that include Innes National Park, the Clare Valley and the Southern Flinders Ranges.
Natural resources underpin a range of industries. Approximately 80% of the region is under agricultural cropping and grazing production contributing a quarter of the South Australia’s agricultural earnings. The region embraces the major Clare Valley wine growing area, and supports significant mining and mineral processing activities, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, horticulture and tourism.
Northern and Yorke and its marine waters are home to:
- 1,299 native species of vascular terrestrial plants
- 33 native species of terrestrial mammals
- 304 recorded native bird species
- 91 native reptile species
- 9 frog species.
The major threats to natural resources in the region are:
- habitat fragmentation
- environmental weeds
- incompatible stock grazing and access
- feral animals
- over-abundance of problem native animals
- inappropriate fire regimes
- soil acidification
- inappropriate off road vehicle use
- excessive water extraction and storage
- coastal development
- overfishing by both commercial and recreational fishers
- nutrient pollution of marine environments
- introduced marine pests
- disturbance and destruction of intertidal reefs.