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WA Regional Forest Agreement progress report release for comment

WA Regional Forest Agreement progress report release for comment

On 4 May 1999, the State of Western Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia signed the Regional Forest Agreement for the South-West Forest Region of Western Australia. The WA RFA established a 20 year framework for the management and use of Western Australia’s south west forests. A report on the progress made to implement the Agreement during the first and second five years has been jointly prepared by the State of Western Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia. The report provides information on the extent to which the milestones and commitments of the Agreement have been implemented. The PDF of WA RFA report1.4 MB, is now available for a seven week public comment period closing on 13 September 2013. View the WA Regional Forest Agreement…

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Swans and cygnets near Mounts Bay Road.

Swans in the city

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is urging people to avoid disturbing swans as they emerge from nests with their cygnets across the Perth metropolitan area. DPaW wildlife officer Teagan Johnston said the department had received recent reports of swans and cygnets in built up areas, including near Mounts Bay Road, where swans had been hit by cars in previous years. “Motorists may have spotted a pair of swans with five young cygnets in the Mounts Bay Lake area in the past fortnight, and while it is a delight to see these birds right on the city’s doorstep, they are at risk of being hit by cars or attacked by dogs,” she said. “Before the cygnets hatched a City of Perth ranger constructed a…

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Protecting Mt Lindesay from dieback

Protecting Mt Lindesay from dieback

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is asking the community to help protect Mt Lindesay near Denmark by not riding motorbikes on designated walk trails. DPaW Frankland District flora officer Janine Liddelow said people were encouraged to visit Mt Lindesay and enjoy the scenery, flora and fauna, but it was important that visitors adhered to signage prohibiting the use of motorbikes on walk trails. “There are five declared rare species and 26 priority listed species at Mt Lindesay and Little Mt Lindesay, and many of these species are susceptible to dieback (Phytophthora cinnamomi),” she said. “Parts of the area are believed to be dieback-free, so it is important that the disease is not spread, which would threaten the survival of susceptible plant species.” Ms…

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Irukandji warning for Ningaloo Reef

Irukandji warning for Ningaloo Reef

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has urged people visiting Ningaloo Marine Park to be aware of the presence of irukandji jellyfish following the sighting of three of the animals in the offshore waters of Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth Gulf. Commercial operators in particular should be aware of the dangers of irukandji and understand first aid procedures. People are also reminded that wearing full body stinger suits made of nylon or lycra or other body coverings can reduce the likelihood of being stung. However, the faces, hands and feet may stil be at risk if they are not covered. If people are stung by an irukandji, they should be aware that: the animals are small, transparent and not often seen. The initial sting may be minor…

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Parks and Wildlife seeks help with tower vandals

Parks and Wildlife seeks help with tower vandals

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is seeking help from the public to find out who vandalised the Mount Seaview fire lookout tower in Claymore Road in the Jarrahwood State forest block south-east of Busselton. The vandalism was reported to DPaW by a local farmer who had a past connection with the structure. DPaW’s acting Blackwood District Manager Brad Commins said the vandals had used chainsaws to hack down the hand-hewn legs of the 25 metre tower last Thursday. It is believed the vandals took away some of the legs. The rest had been left as a pile on the forest floor. “DPaW crews have reclaimed all usable timber from the site,” Mr Commins said. “The usable timber is being stored until we decide what…

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