The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board has appointed a new landscape officer for its Eastern Eyre Peninsula team.
Liam Anderson will be based in Cleve and brings to the team extensive on-ground experience in conservation, weed control and revegetation, after previously working for Trees For Life.
Whyalla born and raised, Mr Anderson is returning to Eyre Peninsula after spending eight years in the Adelaide region.
He said he was excited for the opportunity to be working and living back on the landscape he loves.
"I am passionate about working with people to achieve results while protecting and conserving the environment," Mr Anderson said.
"I am a strong believer that good land management techniques are key, not only to the natural landscape but effective use of the land.
"I am also a proud Adnyamathanha man [and] I have spent quite a bit of time on country in the Flinders Ranges practising our traditional methods - these experiences, paired with growing up in Whyalla, instilled my passion for the environment from a very young age."
Mr Anderson said that over the past four years he had been working as an on-ground supervisor with Trees For Life, working throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges, Barossa Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Riverland.
"While in the role, I built a strong knowledge and understanding of various pest control techniques and conservation methods that I am confident will assist in my success within my new role," he said.
Mr Anderson will commence with a strong focus on delivering rabbit control programs across the region after reports from all areas expressing a rise in rabbit numbers over the past year or so.
Widespread boxthorn infestations will also be receiving heavy attention, with the extent of spread away from the coast of particular interest.
"I'm eager to get on top of the rabbit populations while they're in manageable numbers in comparison to the infestations I have seen in the north in the past," Mr Anderson said.
Mr Anderson will be based at the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board office in Cleve and can be contacted on 0428 282 077.