Planning for the next phase of the koala survey to the east and north east of Cooma is now well under way, with a six week survey program commencing in mid-August.
These surveys will assist Cooma-Monaro Shire Council's preparation of a Koala Plan of Management. This project is partly funded through a NSW Environmental Trust grant of $100,000.
Office of Environment and Heritage Koala Recovery Coordinator for SE NSW Chris Allen said defining and mapping the habitat sustaining Monaro koalas was a complex and challenging task.
"This koala population is unique and widely-scattered in nature," Mr Allen said.
"With the support of Canberra University, we have analysed the data collected so far on the Monaro and are heartened by the results.
"We have identified important environmental predictors of koala occurrence on the Monaro, and statistically significant trends in terms of tree species preferences.
"We are confident that this project will deliver a good outcome and support Cooma-Monaro Shire Council's koala conservation and planning efforts."
Cooma-Monaro Shire Council (CMSC) Project Manager Mark Adams said an additional 70 sites would be assessed in this phase, and community involvement remained important.
"Volunteers play a key part in this work by recording evidence of koalas, so please contact the council on 6455 1777 if you are interested in helping with these surveys," Mr Adams said.
"Our long term aim is to ensure that koalas and people co-exist in this area for years to come, and the more people who help us survey, the more it will help us achieve this aim."
Koala surveys are a partnership between the community, council and NSW Government agencies, to better understand koala habitat on the Monaro. The Office of Environment and Heritage empowers people to get directly involved in caring for their local environment.