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Forest Management Plan 2014-2023

Forest Management Plan 2014-2023 released

Environment Minister Albert Jacob has released the Forest Management Plan 2014-2023, which provides a new framework for managing the State’s south-west forests for the next decade. Minister’s Media Statement A plan for managing our State’s south-west forests

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DPaW wildlife officer Doug Coughran with his Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Real life whale rescue tale wins national book award

  A children’s book which tells the real-life story of whale rescue work done by the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s (DPaW) whale expert Doug Coughran has won a prestigious national award.   Deepsea Whale Rescue, which was published by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) last year, received a Certificate of Commendation at the 2013 Whitley Awards ceremony in Sydney.   Regarded as Australia’s leading expert in large whale disentanglements, Mr Coughran has spent the last 34 years working at DPaW specialising in whale rescues.   “I was delighted to share both my own and colleagues’ experiences of responding to whales in trouble with young readers and help them learn about the difficulties they encounter,” he said.   Written by Jan Ramage and…

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Adult numbat

Numbat release helps boost species

Eight captive-bred numbats have been fitted with radio collars and taught to evade predators ahead of their release into the wild next week as part of a State Government program to boost natural populations of the species. Speaking at Perth Zoo today where the numbats were fitted with their collars, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the marsupials would be released next week at Batalling State Forest near Collie. “These numbats have been well prepared for their new life in the wild as part of a joint project between the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Perth Zoo,” Mr Jacob said. “The numbats were bred at Perth Zoo and have received aerial predator awareness training to boost their survival chances and fitted with radio collars…

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Flatback turtles nesting at Eighty Mile Beach

Flatback turtles nesting at Eighty Mile Beach

Hundreds of flatback turtles are gathering at Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park in the Kimberley for their annual nesting activities. Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) officers and Nyangumarta Traditional Owners have been monitoring the area for the last six weeks, recording over 200 nests and 350 ‘false crawls’ in the sample area. False crawls occur when females attempt to nest but return to the water without laying eggs due to disturbance or unsuitable nesting habitat. DPaW community education officer Sara McAllister said Eighty Mile Beach was a significant flatback turtle nesting site. “Flatback turtles only nest in northern Australia and they are endemic to this part of the world. “With the Nyangumarta Traditional Owners, we are currently monitoring turtle tracks on a 6km stretch…

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Appeal decision on Forest Management Plan

Appeal decision on Forest Management Plan

Minister determines Forest Management Plan appeals 56 appeals received from both conservation groups and industry Target completion dates to be added for some management activities Environment Minister Albert Jacob today determined appeals relating to the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) report and recommendations on the proposed Forest Management Plan 2014-2023, one of the final steps before the plan’s implementation in January.   “After considering all the information presented to me, I believe the EPA adequately considered the key environmental factors identified in its assessment of the proposal, and that this assessment was consistent with requirements of the EPA,” Mr Jacob said.   Fifty-six appeals were received in response to the EPA’s report on the plan, covering a wide range of issues from both conservation and industry…

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