09080: Managing fire and biodiversity conservation in the West Kimberley
This project is focused on the extremely rare monsoon vine thickets and coastal wetlands in the Dampierland Bioregion. Monsoon vine thickets are listed as a threatened ecological community by the state, and some of the wetlands and groundwater-dependent ecosystems in Dampierland are also listed as threatened.
These ecosystems are under significant threat from late-season wildfires. The intensity and frequency of these fires is increasing and causing significant floristic and structural change in the woodland habitat. Fire-sensitive vegetation is contracting and the flammability of the surrounding landscape is increasing.
The project will deliver a monitoring and management program as well as an assessment of fire management activities that will be implemented over 2010-11 to assist in conserving and protecting these threatened ecological communities.
|Investment:||$ 99 000|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 25 000|
|Delivery organisation:||Environs Kimberley|
|Project duration:||July 2010 - June 2012|
|Location:||Dampierland Bioregion, West Kimberley|
Major project achievements
Production of three types of maps for each of the 79 MVT patches; fire scarring, no. fire & vegetation cover change.
Information presented in a variety of ways to ensure a wider outreach and understanding to both professionals, the public and indigenous community members.
Monitoring protocols developed; new knowledge enabled the ecosystem to be analysed and classed as nationally endangered.
Seasonal and weather constraints dictated monitoring.
Cooperative research and service agreements delayed the project but are highly necessary for future success of the projects.
Further delays were caused by lack of data and flora/fauna knowledge in the area.
Environs Kimberly; Society for Kimberly Indigenous Plants and Animals; Broome Botanical Society; Rangelands NRM WA; Australian Quarantine Inspection Service; Conservation Volunteers Australia; Bardi Jawi Rangers; Bardi Jawi Oorany Rangers; Nyul Nyul Rangers; DEC Threatened Species Unit; CSIRO; University of Western Australia; Australian National University; Curtin University; Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority; South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare; Cox Family - Gnylmarung Community; Middle Lagoon Community; Chile Creek Community; Kooljaman Resort; Bernadette Angus/Millagoon; Rangelands NRM WA; SERA Conference; Backroom Press.
Environs Kimberley (08) 9192 1922 or email@example.com