THE Eurobodalla Shire Council and NSW Environmental Trust project that is maintaining the Themeda Grass Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) on the headland at Kianga Beach is going well with plans underway in the coming months to clear the area of competing plants and weeds to enable the native grass to thrive.
Among the competing plants to be removed are six young non-native Norfolk Island pines that are altering the environment on the headland by removing nutrients in the soil and competing for space.
Norfolk Island pines are considered exotic trees from the relatively remote Norfolk Island and removing them is a necessary step to maintaining the integrity and health of the native grass that can be found on Duesburys Point, Duesburys Beach headland and Kianga Beach headland, halfway between Dalmeny and Kianga.
The pines are located on the coastal cliff verge and not visible from the road.
Council has also put other conservation measures in place to enhance the structure and health of the endangered grasslands, including the re-introduction of indigenous burning practices as a natural management tool that has proven to both control exotic grasses and reinvigorate the structure of native grassland areas.