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Partial closure of bike trails in Bramley NP

Partial closure of bike trails in Bramley NP

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions today advised that parts of the mountain bike trail network in Bramley National Park will be closed from 7-10 August. The Forest Products Commission will begin pine harvesting operations in the Margaret River Pines adjacent to the park and as such there will be no access to some trails during these works. The trails emanating from the Manager’s parking area will be affected during 7-8 August and the trails adjacent to Fox, Ashton and Pine Boundary roads will be closed during 9-10 August. Access to Big Pine and the Manager’s carpark via the northern and western entries of the pine plantation will also be closed during these periods to ensure the safety of trail users. Ben Tannock from…

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Loggerhead turtle hatchlings

Ningaloo loggerhead turtle activity at record level

A record amount of loggerhead turtle activity was recorded in this year’s Ningaloo Turtle Program annual report. The program, which started in 2002, is a successful collaboration between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the Cape Conservation Group. The data collected helps to predict long-term trends in marine turtle populations along the Ningaloo Coast. DBCA Ningaloo Marine Park coordinator Dr Peter Barnes said 49 volunteers had come together to monitor the nesting beaches during the 2016-17 season. “Thousands of hours of hard work contributed to recording the highest level of loggerhead turtle activity seen in the program so far,” Dr Barnes said. “A record 696 nests and almost 1400 false crawls were recorded in the monitored area over a one month period…

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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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WA mammal event draws scientists from across the world

WA mammal event draws scientists from across the world

More than 800 mammal scientists from 50 different countries will converge on Perth this week to learn and share knowledge at the 12th International Mammalogical Congress.   Scientists from government, university and the private sector will learn about Western Australia’s world-class reserves and the important conservation work carried out by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.   The congress will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 9th to the 14th of July.   The department’s Executive Director of Science and Conservation Dr Margaret Byrne said the scientific event, which is sponsored by the International Federation of Mammalogists, is targeted at mammal experts from around the world and held every four years.   “WA’s diverse native wildlife includes nearly 200…

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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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