11063: Strategic and cooperative control of weed species on Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary
Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the central Kimberley is a 320 668 hectare private conservation reserve owned and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).
The sanctuary is part of the national reserve system and protects a number of threatened species such as Gouldian finches, Northern quolls and Purple-crowned fairy-wrens.
This project aims to minimise the distribution and abundance of two weed species (Parkinsonia and Calotropis) across key sub-catchments in Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary and neighbouring properties.
Parkinsonia aculeata is a branched spreading tree native to South America. In Australia, it out-competes native species, chokes wetlands and creates impenetrable thickets.
Calotropis procera is a medium sized shrub, native to Africa and Asia which can become common where disturbance has removed native grasses.
In some sub-catchments of the project area, both species have had their numbers greatly reduced through active control by AWC staff and a team of indigenous community members. This project will:
- conduct follow up control in areas already largely cleared of these weeds
- extend the control measures to other sub-catchments of the Fitzroy River
|Investment:||$ 30 600|
|Delivery organisation:||Australian Wildlife Conservancy|
|Project duration:||April 2012 - December 2013|
|Location:||Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the central Kimberley|
- Australian Wildlife Conservancy (home page)