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Protect Mt Lindesay from dieback

Dieback sign on a Mt Lindesay walk trail
Dieback sign on a Mt Lindesay walk trail DPaW

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is calling on the community to help protect Mt Lindesay from dieback by not riding motorbikes on designated walk trails.

Mt Lindesay and Little Mt Lindesay, near Denmark, are important areas for rare plant species – there are five declared rare species and 26 priority-listed species in Mt Lindesay National Park.

Parks and Wildlife Frankland District nature conservation coordinator Alison McGilvray said parts of the national park are still free from dieback (Phytophthora cinnamomi).

“Dieback is a soil-borne pathogen which attacks the roots of susceptible plant species,” Ms McGilvray said.

“The disease presents one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in Western Australia, affecting about 40 per cent of flora in the south-west of WA.

“It’s really important that we work together to protect Mt Lindesay and stop the spread of dieback to non-affected areas.

“Motorbike and quad bike tyres can carry a significant amount of soil and increase the chance of spreading dieback.

“People are encouraged to visit Mt Lindesay and enjoy the beauty of the natural environment by walking along the trails.”

A foot bath has been installed on the Little Mt Lindesay end of the walk trail, so visitors can clean dirt from their shoes before entering the area. There is also dieback information and advice displayed at the trailhead at Mt Lindesay.

Recently a Parks and Wildlife ranger attempted to stop two people riding quad bikes on the walk trail at the eastern end of Mt Lindesay National Park. The riders were photographed as they accelerated past the ranger.

Licensed motorbikes can be ridden legally on all public roads throughout national parks and state forest.

 

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