A conservation project in the remote Green Mountain reserve has been hailed as a “miracle” by conservationists, after the reservoir was discovered to be the world’s first to contain an ecosystem that could sustain animals for decades.
Key points:The reservoir is one of the world-firsts for a large freshwater reservoir to contain a wildlife population of the species native to the regionGreen Mountain Reservant in South Australia is a remnant of a dam built during the 19th century to help manage water flow to the areaGreen Mountain is a small reservoir, less than a kilometre wide, that was first dammed to keep water flowing to the town of Manly, north of Perth.
The reserve is home to the native Green Mountain Marsh Turtle, which is found nowhere else in the world.
It was one of several reserves in the region that were established to manage water supplies to towns downstream, and the reservoir is an important source of water for the region.
“We’re just really delighted that the reserve is the first to be established in the Green Mountains,” said Dr Michelle Fergusson, a conservation scientist with the Australian Conservation Foundation.
“It is the last remnant of what was once a major dam in the area, and that dam is now closed, and we’ve got to start again.”
The reserve, known as Green Mountain Dam, was established in 1902.
It was built by the Australian Government to help keep water levels stable for towns downstream.
It was one-third of the length of a football pitch and used to supply water to farms and communities downstream, as well as to the dam itself.
It is currently the only dam in Australia that is closed and has been abandoned.
Dr Ferguson said the reserve was a success story, and a great example of how a conservation project can deliver a large-scale environmental change.
“There was a lot of thought and a lot about the impacts of the dam and the effects of dams on ecosystems,” she said.
“When we got the first dam in, it was quite clear that the water levels were going to drop in the years to come.”
What happened is, in the last 30 years, there has been a huge rise in species and habitats, and this is the most dramatic example of that.
“The reservoir has been used as a breeding and recreational centre, and has a population of 2,000 turtle-like turtles.
It also has a rich biodiversity, including turtles, frogs, snakes, snakes in their natural habitat and a wide range of birds.”
You can also see the impact on the ecology and how the turtle population has developed.””
The reservoir was really designed to store the water, and so, for example, if there’s a flood, the turtles will have to swim back up the hill.”
You can also see the impact on the ecology and how the turtle population has developed.
“I think there’s some really great conservation in this reservoir.”
The turtle are a major predator in the reserve, and they’re a major habitat, so it’s really good to see the ecological impact of the reserve.”‘
We have an amazing community of conservationists’The reserve was established to ensure the sustainability of the local community, which includes about 1,000 people.”
Every year there’s this really great harvest, but there’s also a very low rate of population growth, and there’s been a really great community of local conservationists working on this,” Dr David Wilson, the reserve’s manager, said.
Dr Wilson said there was an expectation that the reservoir would remain closed for the rest of its life, and as a result, there was a great deal of concern about the ecological health of the ecosystem.”
For example, it’s a very large reserve and, obviously, the dams can’t be repaired,” he said.
However, the reserves management plan showed the reserve could sustain an ecosystem for decades to come, and Dr Wilson said it was a “huge achievement” to have established the reserve in such a way.”
This is a reservoir that’s been under dam, dam and dam for 100 years,” he explained.”
Now it’s got a really large population of turtles, and it’s been protected.
“They are just a really important part of the landscape, so they’ve got an incredible community of community conservationists in this reserve.”
Dr Wilson described the conservation project as a great success.
“People have been working on it for decades and it hasn’t been the easiest project,” he concluded.
“But it’s worked out really well, and I think it’s great.”