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Excellence award for Katanning Bush Rangers instructor

Excellence award for Katanning Bush Rangers instructor

Dedication, leadership and a caring approach have earned Katanning Senior High School Bush Rangers cadet instructor Sarah Watson a 2014 Bush Rangers Instructor Excellence Award. The awards are presented each year by the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Bush Rangers program to recognise outstanding achievement. Parks and Wildlife Great Southern acting district manager Mitchell Davies said Miss Watson had developed a Bush Rangers program that met the needs of students in the Katanning cadet unit. “Her caring and nurturing manner has enabled the cadets to engage in positive experiences that build self-confidence, leadership skills, as well as environmental and conservation knowledge,” Mr Davies said. “The Bush Rangers under Miss Watson’s leadership have provided community service with Clean Up Australia, spraying bridal creeper with Katanning Landcare,…

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Marine park ranger Justin Ettridge, district interpretation officer Claudia Simpson, marine park coordinator Shaun Ossinger with the award.

Parks and Wildlife educational comic wins award

A Department of Parks and Wildlife educational comic strip about a fish named Bazza has won a prestigious national interpretation award. Bazza's Fish Tales took out the Gold Award in the 2014 Interpretation Australia Awards for Excellence in the ‘project under $30,000’ category. The weekly newspaper comic is produced and compiled by staff at the Parks and Wildlife Frankland district office in Walpole to promote understanding and appreciation of the marine environment, particularly the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park. District interpretation officer Claudia Simpson, who draws the comic, said the award recognised the innovative way in which Bazza's Fish Tales educated and built a relationship with readers. “Bazza is a bream exploring the inlet system, encountering local issues and interesting characters, which provides endless…

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Railway tunnel in John Forrest National Park

Community feedback on John Forrest National Park

Have you visited John Forrest National Park recently? The Department of Parks and Wildlife would like to hear about your experience and your ideas for the future of the park. Perth Hills district parks and reserves manager Elisa Skillen said feedback from community members was important. “John Forrest National Park is Western Australia’s first national park and the department is looking at its future recreational needs,” Ms Skillen said. “People who live in the area and those who visit the park are encouraged to have their say by going online to complete a short survey. “It will take only a few minutes and the information will help us plan for the future.” Survey link : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/John_Forrest_Community John Forrest National Park facts: ·         Founded in 1900, it…

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Firefighters, prescribed burns help extinguish Purnululu fires

Firefighters, prescribed burns help extinguish Purnululu fires

  Department of Parks and Wildlife staff have successfully extinguished two large bushfires which recently closed the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park for several days. The fires were the result of lightning strikes during localised storms in the park. Bushfire incident controller Nathan Connor said up to 18 department firefighters were involved in the suppression effort, with a five-man crew flown in from Pemberton to assist east Kimberley-based staff. “Utilising staff from the south-west to gain experience in fire suppression across northern parts of the State was an excellent opportunity to increase the capacity of Parks and Wildlife crews and enabled the Kimberley team to have a much needed break from the fire line,” Mr Connor said. Prescribed burning operations in Purnululu completed earlier…

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Twilight bird walk in the hills

Twilight bird walk in the hills

  In the early evening, the hills bushland comes alive with beautiful bird calls. Join the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Nearer to Nature on an ‘Evening Song’ bird walk in Beelu National Park on Sunday 23 November 2014 starting at 5.45pm. Nearer to Nature programs coordinator Jill Francis said the guided walk was aimed at individuals and families with children 10 years and older. “Bring your binoculars and our local bird expert will take you through a number of different habitats, point out bird nests and help you ‘tune in’ to various bird calls,” Ms Francis said. “This will be an interesting and scenic walk near Mundaring Weir and through the Helena Valley.” Meet at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring for a…

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