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Damage to the sensitive peat lake bed.

Community urged to use national parks responsibly

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging the community to enjoy Mt Lindesay National Park near Denmark responsibly. Parks and Wildlife district manager Cameron Shaw said it was important park users and off-road vehicles were mindful of others and aware of park regulations prior to visiting to ensure their own safety and the protection of the environment. “Illegal trail bike riding poses a significant threat to the high conservation values within the national park, which is known for a range of rare plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world,” he said.  “Mt Lindesay and Little Mt Lindesay are important areas for rare plant species – there are five declared rare species and 26 priority-listed species in Mt Lindesay National Park.…

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Stylidium wilroyense triggerplants found at Wilroy Nature Reserve.

Rare triggerplants benefit from prescribed burn

A prescribed burn carried out by Parks and Wildlife has boosted a tiny population of critically endangered triggerplants near Geraldton. A 73ha prescribed burn in Wilroy Nature Reserve took place in May 2015 to stimulate the recruitment of the Stylidium wilroyense triggerplants, with just eight plants known to exist in the reserve at the time. Parks and Wildlife conservation officer Janet Newell said a recent inspection by Parks and Wildlife found more than 60 small seedlings in the reserve. “This discovery was very exciting considering the population in Wilroy Nature Reserve has declined from about 30 plants in the 1990s, with no recruitment in that time until now,” she said.

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Geocrinia vitellina

Tiny frogs discovered in the south-west

Two new populations of the threatened orange-bellied frog (Geocrinia vitellina) have been discovered in the Blackwood River National Park, south-east of the Margaret River townsite.   Department of Parks and Wildlife conservation officer Christine Fleay said the discovery extends the known range of the orange-bellied frog by 37 per cent – a significant increase for what is one of the most restricted vertebrate species in Australia.   “The discovery of two new populations with over 50 individuals has come at a crucial time, given the other six populations have been steadily declining over the last 10 years,” Ms Fleay said.   “These thumbnail-sized frogs are listed as vulnerable to extinction and are threatened by bushfire, changes in rainfall, damage by feral pigs and burial by…

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How a prescribed burn helped stop two bushfires

How a prescribed burn helped stop two bushfires

In February this year, two bushfires that started on the same day were brought under control because of an earlier prescribed burn conducted by Parks and Wildlife. With our autumn program underway, this video tells the story of the value of prescribed burning. For more information about prescribed burns near you, visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/todaysburns

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Extra bushfire protection for Great Eastern Highway

Extra bushfire protection for Great Eastern Highway

A series of new firebreaks will be established by the Department of Parks and Wildlife along a 75km stretch of Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields to provide additional protection to motorists and firefighters during bushfires. Parks and Wildlife Goldfields fire management regional leader Ryan Butler said the firebreaks would be established between Bullabulling and Karalee, and mostly in Boorabbin and Goldfields Woodlands national parks, over the next two years. “These firebreaks will complement the existing breaks and provide an enhanced buffer in areas of highly flammable vegetation along the highway,” he said. “Once completed, people travelling along this part of the highway will be better protected during bushfires, it will be safer for firefighters to work near the highway, and it will also reduce…

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