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    10068: ‘Healthy Habitats’ – a stewardship program for conservation of biodiversity on private property

    Grand spider orchid (Caladenia huegelii) is a Declared Rare plant, a new population of this species was discovered on the property of a ‘Healthy Habitats’ participant. Courtesy Penny Hollick, Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire
    Grand spider orchid (Caladenia huegelii) is a Declared Rare plant, a new population of this species was discovered on the property of a ‘Healthy Habitats’ participant. Courtesy Penny Hollick, Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire

    Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire has 6333 ha of natural bushland and vegetated wetlands and waterways, almost 6000 ha of which are on private land.

    Many of these wetlands are home to threatened ecological communities and rare or priority species of flora or fauna. Some are ecological linkages.

    These natural areas on private property therefore have high biodiversity value, and their protection is essential to meeting the targets identified in the shire's local biodiversity strategy.

    'Healthy Habitats' is a stewardship program developed by the shire in partnership with Landcare Serpentine Jarrahdale for conservation of biodiversity on private property.

    The program addresses the need for owners of bushland to have access to expert technical advice, and acknowledges the efforts of private landowners to manage their natural areas for the benefit of the wider community as well as themselves.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will help deliver the 'Healthy Habitats' stewardship program to landholders in the shire.

    Investment: $ 48 900
    Delivery organisation: Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire
    Project duration: July 2011 - December 2012
    Location: Natural areas on private land, Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire

    More information

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

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