Project to grow biodiversity

Project to grow biodiversity

As project manager of the Connecting Biodiversity Across the Wheatbelt project, she intends to help local landowners to create bio-diverse corridors, connecting ecologically important vegetation areas.

The six-year revegetation, rehabilitation and pest control project has received $2 million in funding from the Australian Government Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund and Ms Vincent said expressions of interest were now open for landholders who wanted to participate in it.

It would provide farmers with an opportunity to connect fragmented remnant vegetation on their properties by providing free mixed native seedlings, fencing and 1080 baits to help control foxes and rabbits, she said.

‘We hope the project will build knowledge and capacity among landholders to manage and protect their remnant bushland and reduce the spread of invasive weed and pest animal species,’ Ms Vincent said.

‘As well as creating well functioning ecosystems, the on-ground work would improve soil health, reduce the threat of erosion and secure natural carbon stores.’

Ms Vincent said the Wheatbelt contained many threatened species of flora and fauna.

‘This project will help build resilience across the landscape and enhance habitats for our unique species.’

Wheatbelt councils collaborating on the project include Beverley, Brookton, York, Quairading, Cunderdin, Tammin, Kellerberrin, Bruce Rock, Westonia, Yilgarn, Koorda, Mt Marshall, Nungarin, Trayning and Merredin.

A series of workshops will be held later this year on revegetation, pest control and restoration.

Expressions of interest for landholders wishing to plant seedlings in 2014 close on April 26.

For more details contact your local shire natural resource management officer or environment officer.