Urban Biodiversity Unit
The SA Urban Forest Biodiversity Program (UFBP) was established in 1997 to address the loss of biodiversity across metropolitan Adelaide by conserving our indigenous flora and fauna.
The Program is managed by DEWNR’s Urban Biodiversity Unit (UBU) and delivered in conjunction with the SA Urban Forests - Million Trees Program and the Backyards for Wildlife Program. These programs include planting local native trees and associated understorey species to help restore vital habitat across the Adelaide Metropolitan Area.
Studies have shown that less than 12% of Adelaide's original vegetation remains since European settlement in 1836. Most of this remaining vegetation is made up of the Hills Face Zone or coastal mangroves and samphire. Habitat destruction and fragmentation has caused significant biodiversity loss, with many local native species under threat.
All of these programs support the vision of Adelaide as a clean, green city leading in ecological sustainability.
Million Trees Program
The SA Urban Forests Million Trees Program is a broad scale initiative. It is dedicated to planting three million local native trees and understory species across the Adelaide metropolitan area by 2014. This will help to off-set carbon emissions, provide habitat for wildlife and improve air and water quality.
Visit the Million Trees Program website to find out more.
Backyards for Wildlife
The Backyards for Wildlife Program helps people in urban areas to establish and maintain wildlife-friendly native gardens in their own backyard, no matter the size. Available resources include a searchable native plants database, interactive vegetation maps and lots of case studies and educational resources.
Visit the Backyards for Wildlife website to find out more.
Both programs offer regular opportunities to get involved in protecting our valuable flora and fauna so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.
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