Notification: Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

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Dibbler

Dibbler populations bolstered

Endangered marsupial released on the south coast to assist with long-term conservation efforts Animals from a successful captive breeding program A total of 69 dibblers have been reintroduced into bushland on the State's south coast as part of efforts to strengthen populations to assist with the long-term recovery of the endangered species. Successful release of the small carnivorous marsupials was due to a partnership between the Perth Zoo and the Parks and Wildlife team under the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.  The department bred the dibblers before releasing them into an area that borders Peniup Creek near Jerramungup. Before the release, fox baiting was carried out at the site and this will continue in addition to feral cat trapping, under the department's Western…

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Canning River

Riverbank Program to fund foreshore restoration projects funded in 2017-18

Riverbank funding to protect Swan and Canning rivers Six local foreshore land managers to receive $324,774 in 17/18 funding A further $675,226 will be negotiated with local government partners in 17/18

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Prescribed burning in Perth hills April 2016

Spring prescribed burning underway

Extra $5.5 million allocated in 2017-18 Budget to boost prescribed burning  Spring burning has begun with the State Government capitalising on favourable weather conditions to get bushfire ready ahead of the coming summer months. The Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has begun its spring prescribed burning program to minimise the impact of devastating bushfires on communities. In the 2016-17 financial year, the department achieved 247,360 hectares due to preparation of burns during the preceding 12 months, committed staff and beneficial weather conditions. This was the department's best result in 29 years. In its south-west forest regions, the department aims to have 45 per cent of the landscape it manages, about 2.5 million hectares, at less than six years…

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Barrabup old-growth forest to be set aside

Barrabup old-growth forest to be set aside

The McGowan Labor Government has today affirmed its commitment to the protection of old-growth forest by strengthening assessment processes prior to harvesting. The move follows the release of the Barrabup assessment report undertaken by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). The department recently conducted an assessment of a harvest coupe within Barrabup forest block following public concerns the coupe contained old-growth jarrah forest. The assessment found that within the 530-hectare coupe, 43 hectares contained jarrah old-growth forest and 1.2 hectares of old-growth forest had been impacted by roadworks. The Forest Products Commission (FPC) will rehabilitate all the affected parts of old-growth forest areas and has identified further measures to minimise the risk of future occurrences.  The Commission will also implement other practice improvements…

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Interest sought for Aboriginal Ranger Program

Interest sought for Aboriginal Ranger Program

The McGowan Labor Government is encouraging Aboriginal organisations to apply for funding under the Aboriginal Ranger Program. The State Budget included an investment of $20 million over five years for the program. The program will build on the highly successful work already being undertaken by established Aboriginal ranger groups throughout the State and has been designed to focus on jobs, training and community development initiatives that deliver social, economic and environmental outcomes. Funding will enable the employment and training of Aboriginal rangers to undertake land and sea management, including tourism operations and protection of cultural and biodiversity values across a range of tenures in remote and regional Western Australia. The EOI is open today (September 21) and closes on October 31, 2017. Application forms and…

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