Spring Gully Conservation Park
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|Spring Gully Conservation Park
Red Stringybark woodland in Spring Gully CP
|Nearest town or city||Clare|
|Established||1 January 1961|
|Area||396 hectares (980 acres)|
|Managing authorities||Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources|
|Website||Spring Gully Conservation Park|
|See also||Protected areas of South Australia|
Spring Gully Conservation Park is a protected area located in the Skilly Hills, west of the Clare Valley in South Australia. It provides views to the west across the northern end of the Adelaide Plains. There are walking tracks ranging from easy to quite steep within the park.
The conservation park was originally created to protect the only stand of Red Stringybark (Eucalyptus macrorhyncha) trees in South Australia - E. macrorhincha is widespread in eastern Victoria and eastern New South Wales. Spring Gully Conservation Park now also protects White Spider Orchids and other smaller plants below the canopy in the grassy woodland ecosystem.
Thousands of the red stringybark trees died following the very dry period from mid-2007 to early 2008 and the record heat-wave of March 2008. The leaves of others died, while the trees survived and later produced epicormic shoots; as of mid-2009 many of these had also died. An apparently small section of the park (20ha) was burned in a lightning-ignited bushfire on 20 November 2009, further stressing some of the trees.
- "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 16 July 2015)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
- "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- Spring Gully Conservation Park official webpage
- Spring Gully Conservation Park webpage on protected planet
- Climate change hits the Clare Valley: Spring Gully Conservation Park
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