The SSAA’s Conservation & Wildlife Management program which pioneers hunters as true conservationists able to assist with all manner of land management duties began in South Australia 30 years ago this month. Over the past three decades the program has expanded across the country to allow CWM branches to carry on this work and become a vital part of Australia’s wildlife management efforts.
CWM is now a genuine ‘feather in the cap’ of the SSAA state and territory branches, with the achievements of our members making a real difference to our natural landscapes. CWM spawned from the hard work of SSAA (SA) members in the Ikara Flinders Ranges in 1992, when they were brought in to combat feral goats which were decimating the environment.
Their work expanded into the formal Operation Bounceback program involving the state government and other relevant groups. The work of many volunteers through Operation Bounceback has allowed for the resurgence of flora and fauna including the western quoll and yellow-footed rock-wallaby. This truly is an anniversary where the hard work of members past and present should be congratulated. Australian Shooter will further celebrate the achievements of our CWM program in more detail in a forthcoming edition of the magazine.