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Pair of released banded hare-wallabies

Threatened species introduced to Dirk Hartog Island National Park

​Two threatened hare-wallaby species translocated to Dirk Hartog Island National Park First time native animals have been released onto the island since the ecological restoration project began More than 20 hare-wallabies have been released onto Dirk Hartog Island, the State's biggest island, as part of a trial to help improve their conservation status. A total of 12 banded hare-wallabies and 12 rufous hare-wallabies were captured by staff from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions from nearby Bernier and Dorre islands. They were released in the southern part of Dirk Hartog Island National Park following intensive baiting, trapping and monitoring of feral cats over the past three years. The translocation is part of stage one of the Dirk Hartog Island National Park Ecological Restoration Project…

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The Gap

10-year plan for Albany’s iconic conservation reserves

•State Government releases management plan for Albany coast parks and reserves•Area extends along the coast and hinterland from Hay River in the west to the Pallinup River in the north-east, and includes nine island nature reserves The McGowan Government has today released the final plan for coast parks and reserves around Albany. The plan replaces the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve Management Plan 1995, West Cape Howe National Park Management Plan 1995 and the South Coast Regional Management Plan 1992. Albany coast parks and reserves are well known for their high conservation, recreation and heritage values and include several large, intact conservation reserves that protect high plant species diversity and important habitat for threatened flora and fauna such as the critically endangered Gilbert's potoroo. The…

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prescribed burning

Western Australia's first prescribed burning forum begins

​The first prescribed burning forum of its kind in WA to be held in Busselton from today International, national and State experts gathering to discuss best practice in prescribed burning Three-day forum is being hosted by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management Leaders in bushfire mitigation from local, interstate and international partner agencies have been brought together in Busselton today by Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson for Western Australia's first prescribed burning forum. The Burning Question: Now & Beyond, Western Australian Prescribed Burning Forum 2017 convenes experts in the field to share their perspective and enhance the co-ordination and delivery of prescribed burning programs across the State. Forum participants will hear from leading American prescribed burning expert, Mike Dueitt, Director…

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WA firefighters assist with Canadian blazes

WA firefighters assist with Canadian blazes

Four Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) will travel to Canada's British Columbia to help battle 130 widespread forest fires. The officers - Brad Barton, Tony Mennen, Paul Musarra and Dr Adrian Wayne - are highly experienced in a variety of incident management roles including planning, logistics and operations. They are scheduled to depart Perth Airport today and will be based in various locations across British Columbia for up to six weeks. The deployment has been facilitated through an agreement between Australia's National Aerial Firefighting Centre and the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre for the purposes of assisting each nation with critical bushfire emergencies. Comments attributed to Acting Environment Minister David Templeman: "This latest deployment continues a…

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Master plan to guide WA mountain biking towards world stage

Master plan to guide WA mountain biking towards world stage

The push to transform Western Australia into an international mountain biking destination has received a boost with the release of a master plan to guide the development of trails in Perth and Peel. The Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan, launched today by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, proposes expanding the current network of trails from 125 kilometres across nine sites to 575 kilometres across 24 sites. The report identifies priority sites of potential national significance in the Perth Hills, Wungong and Dwellingup; and regionally significant opportunities in the Swan Valley, Jarrahdale and Yanchep. The plan was developed by WestCycle, with support from the State Government, Lotterywest and the West Australian Mountain Bike Association. The plan can be…

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