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    10058: Continuing the fight against bridal creeper in the Upper Blackwood

    Local school groups learnt about the rust fungus used as a biological control for Bridal creeper and helped release the fungus on local infestations. Courtesy Katanning Land Conservation District Committee.
    Local school groups learnt about the rust fungus used as a biological control for Bridal creeper and helped release the fungus on local infestations. Courtesy Katanning Land Conservation District Committee.

    An individual bridal creeper plant can take up seven years to be eliminated. This project is part of a three-year program that started in 2010 aimed at controlling bridal creeper in five Upper Blackwood shires.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, it will continue to implement chemical and biological control of the invasive plant, map population information and raise community skills and awareness about this weed of national significance.

    Dumbleyung, Wagin, Woodanilling, Katanning and West Arthur are at the drier environmental range for bridal creeper.

    However, a significant increase in the weed has been noticed across the district in recent years. Community alarm prompted the commencement of concentrated control activities in 2010, with excellent results achieved. Work continued in 2011 and 2012.

    Investment: $ 50 000
    Delivery organisation: Katanning Land Conservation District Committee
    Project duration: September 2011 - December 2012
    Location: Shires of Katanning, Dumbleyung, Woodanilling, Wagin and West Arthur, in the Upper Blackwood catchment
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