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    09053: Southern incentive devolved grant scheme for the protection and recovery of high priority biodiversity assets in South Coast

    Map of project sites where fencing and revegetation works were undertaken. Courtesy South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.
    Map of project sites where fencing and revegetation works were undertaken. Courtesy South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.

    Wandoo woodlands are recognised as a keystone species upon which many other species rely.

    Most wandoo woodlands that remain in WA are in the wheatbelt, although extensive clearing has removed more than 90 per cent of the original vegetation. In some areas, the distribution of wandoo is confined to road verges and single paddock trees.

    Factors that continue to affect the woodlands include:

    • wandoo crown decline
    • stock grazing
    • weed invasion.

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. engaged local stakeholders through a devolved grant scheme to undertake on-ground works to protect, enhance and recover biodiversity in the woodlands.

    Works focused on high-priority assets and threatened species and communities. Priority was given to the protection of wandoo trees, which provide valuable nesting sites for the endangered Carnaby's black-cockatoo.

    Assessment of grants favoured fencing to protect larger tracts of remnant woodland that are strategically located in the landscape aligning with designated macro-corridors. Woodlands shown to be nesting sites for cockatoo also were treated as priority sites.

    Investment: $ 140 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 88 876
    Delivery organisation: South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.
    Project duration: September 2010 - September 2011
    Location: South Coast region—Kent Frankland, Albany hinterland and North Stirlings Pallinup

    Major project achievements

    • Stock excluded from 280 ha of remnant wandoo woodlands over 12 properties.
    • Strategic revegetation of 32 ha over five properties to buffer and link protected wandoo woodlands.
    • Reduction in stressors on nesting and feeding habitat of Carnaby's black-cockatoo by excluding stock and revegetating with flora species known to be used for feeding.

    Project partners

    Oyster Harbour Catchment Group; Gillamii Centre; Landholders; Birds Australia; Wandoo Recovery Group; North Stirlings Pallinup Natural Resources; Dr Geoff Woodall; Green Skills Inc.; Dr Barb Cook and the Centre of Excellence in Natural resource Management (CENRM)

    More information

    South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. (08) 9845 8537 or info@southcoastnrm.com.au

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