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    10063: Instigating biological control methods against mistletoe within the Old Rifle Range Reserve, Byford

    Possums are a natural predator of mistletoe. Courtesy Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire
    Possums are a natural predator of mistletoe. Courtesy Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire

    Mistletoe has become so invasive and destructive in the Old Rifle Range Reserve in Byford that marri trees-young saplings through to mature specimens-have died or are rapidly dying because of heavy infestations of this parasitic plant.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project aims to control mistletoe by physically removing it from affected trees, and thus significantly reducing its spread by seed.

    The mistletoe will be removed by hand, and possums (natural predators of mistletoe) will be reintroduced into the reserve.

     A local Scouts troop will help to make possum boxes that will be placed high in the trees to encourage repopulation by possums that naturally graze on mistletoe shoots.

    The Scouts and Green Jobs will also revegetate degraded areas of the reserve to improve the habitat value of the area.

    Investment: $ 50 000
    Delivery organisation: Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire
    Project duration: August 2011 - September 2012
    Location: Old Rifle Range Reserve, Linton Street North, Byford town site

    More information

    Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire (08) 9526 1111 or info@sjshire.wa.gov.au

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