Kangaroo Island farmer Andrew Heinrich has been appointed presiding member of the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board.
His appointment comes as the board prepares to transition to a Landscape Board under legislation presently before Parliament.
Mr Heinrich runs sheep for wool and meat production on his 800-hectare property at Parndana.
Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs welcomed the appointment and said Andrew Heinrich would be a great asset to the NRM Board.
"Mr Heinrich brings a wealth of knowledge on both farming and Landcare gained from his own experiences both here and around the world," Minister Speirs said.
"Landscapes across Kangaroo Island will benefit from the dedication and passion that Andrew shows for the environment, productivity and profitability."
Mr Heinrich said he was eager to engage with stakeholders on the island, and would work to spread his passion for the environment.
"It is important to me to care for the environment on my own property. Our business mission is 'we want to leave the property in a better condition than when we bought it', and this is something we should all strive for," Mr Heinrich said.
"I have a great deal of hands-on experience developing Landcare practices that strike a balance between productivity and profitability while looking after the environment and maintaining biodiversity.
"This is something I know is possible from the outcomes achieved on my own farm."
KI Regional NRM Manager Damian Miley said the NRM Board was fortunate to have Andrew Heinrich on board.
"Andrew is committed to improving the landscape and environmental benefits on his own property, and I have no doubt that we will see this reflected in his work with the NRM Board," Mr Miley said.
"He is particularly interested in managing wash-off, erosion and water on Kangaroo Island properties, and I'm really looking forward to working with Andrew."
KI NRM Board member Jenny Stanton has also welcomed the appointment.
"I have known Andrew for years and seen his dedication to progressive farming, landcare and productivity," Mrs Stanton said. "I believe Mr Heinrich will be a great asset for the board."
The State Government is developing a new Landscape South Australia Bill to replace the existing Natural Resources Management Act.
Nine new Landscape Boards will replace existing NRM Boards, with community elected members and ministerial appointments.