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FNPW To Support The Creation Of A New National Park In SA

Blog Post - FNPW To Support The Creation Of A New National Park In SA

Historic agreements have been signed to protect the world’s single greatest record of Ediacaran fossils at Nilpena Station in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. Ediacaran fossils tell us much about how the planet and life have evolved, as they preserve snapshots of the seafloor as animal life unfolded some 500 million years ago...


The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is working with the South Australian Government and the Flinders Ranges Ediacara Foundation to purchase 60,000 hectares of Nilpena Station to become part of the Ediacara Conservation Park to conserve its globally significant fossils.

As part of this purchase, some 60,000 hectares of diverse land systems, including dune country and creeklines adjoining the eastern shore of Lake Torrens, will be included, with permanent and semi-permanent water. This will conserve an under-represented ecosystem in South Australia’s park system. The land has been conservatively stocked for the last thirty years, resulting in a generally good condition with few weed issues. An historic woolshed precinct will also provide an essential base for research and visitors to the site.
 
The land will be added to the existing Ediacara Conservation Park, which is the original location where Reg Sprigg first discovered and recognised the fossils as being the precursor to the Cambrian fossils, and hence solving “Darwin’s Dilemma” of what preceded the Cambrian geological period.


Funding from FNPW will allow the SA Government to complete the purchase of a part of Nilpena Station to ensure its diverse habitats are conserved, and also enable urgent works to be undertaken to set up the new park. Donate here to support this historic project of national significance.
 
The Nilpena site, together with the Ediacara Conservation Park, form the core of the nomination of the Flinders Ranges for World Heritage status.

 

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