The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging the community to enjoy Mt Lindesay National Park near Denmark responsibly.
Parks and Wildlife district manager Cameron Shaw said it was important park users and off-road vehicles were mindful of others and aware of park regulations prior to visiting to ensure their own safety and the protection of the environment.
“Illegal trail bike riding poses a significant threat to the high conservation values within the national park, which is known for a range of rare plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world,” he said.
“Mt Lindesay and Little Mt Lindesay are important areas for rare plant species – there are five declared rare species and 26 priority-listed species in Mt Lindesay National Park.
“What might seem like a harmless bit of fun can have dire and long term consequences for some very significant plant species.”
Mr Shaw said trail bikes were also known to spread the soil fungal disease Phytophthora cinnamomi or Jarrah dieback, which could also have devastating effects on native plants.
“Motorbike and quad bike tyres can carry a significant amount of soil and increase the chance of spreading dieback, a soil-borne pathogen which attacks the roots of susceptible plant species.
“The disease presents one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in WA, affecting about 40 per cent of flora in the south-west of the State.”
Parks and Wildlife rangers recently issued fines of $200 to three people who were caught illegally riding trail bikes in the national park. Two of the trail bikes were unlicensed and the third was unroadworthy with no number plate, mirrors or indicators.
Only licensed motorbikes can be ridden legally on open roads throughout national parks and State forest.
“If in doubt about what you can do or where to go, please check with one of our rangers or call the local Parks and Wildlife office for more information,” Mr Shaw said.
“We encourage everyone to enjoy the magnificent scenery and recreational opportunities in south coast parks in a responsible way, for everyone’s benefit.”
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