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Bushfire protection buffer to help protect parrot habitat

Creating the buffer
Creating the buffer Parks and Wildlife

A 45km buffer in Cape Arid National Park has been created to reduce the risk of bushfire impacting habitat of the critically endangered western ground parrot.

Department of Parks and Wildlife staff from Esperance and Wanneroo recently spent two weeks modifying vegetation structures and fuel loads near critical habitat for the western ground parrots.

Esperance district nature conservation coordinator Stephen Butler said bushfire had been identified as a key threat for the conservation of the western ground parrot population in Cape Arid National Park.

“Cape Arid has experienced large scale bushfires in the past and this buffer will help provide protection from future fires,” Mr Butler said.

“There are less than 140 western ground parrots known to live in the wild and many of them are found in this national park.

“The project complements other Parks and Wildlife activities, such as the trial of Eradicat® feral cat baits in Cape Arid National Park, to improve the long-term conservation of the ground parrots.”

Mr Butler said it was exciting to see department staff from across the State come together as a team to achieve important on-ground outcomes in remote country.

The buffer project was carried out as part of the department’s Remote Regions Nature Conservation Program.

Further bushfire mitigation works including prescribed burning and modified vegetation buffers are proposed for Cape Arid National Park, to strengthen protection measures around western ground parrot habitat zones.

 

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