10041: Declared and environmental weed control in and around Porongurup National Park – stage 1

    Porongurup Range. Courtesy Elisabeth Braun, Friends of the Porongurup Range
    Porongurup Range. Courtesy Elisabeth Braun, Friends of the Porongurup Range

    The heritage-listed Porongurup National Park has very high biodiversity, with more than 700 flora, 300 macro-fungi and 15 lichen species.

    Weed infestations are currently replacing natural ecosystems and habitats, and posing a direct threat to a number of rare flora, some of which are endemic to the Porongurup Range. Weeds are also encroaching on visitor areas and walk trails.

    The Porongurup weed control project commenced in 2007 after a wildfire burned 5000 ha of the park and surrounding area. Weeds germinated rapidly after the fire, quickly outcompeting native vegetation in many areas.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will continue to control declared and environmental weeds in and around the park.

    It will complement weed control that has been carried out since 2007 by landowners, Friends of the Porongurup Range, Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, Department of Environment and Conservation, and Pardelup Prison work crew.

    In addition, it will complement work being carried out through the Commonwealth Government Caring for our Country program, which targets weeds of national significance.

    Investment: $ 50 000
    Delivery organisation: Friends of the Porongurup Range
    Project duration: September 2011 - September 2012
    Location: Porongurup National Park and surrounding area (5 km buffer)

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