Iconic Species

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Iconic Species Project aimed to assist the recovery of threatened species in the south west.

Species such as the western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirusoccidentalis), woylie (Bettongiapenicillataogilbyi) and numbat (Myrmecobiusfasciatus), all listed as threatened or endangered, two species of endangered frog (Geocrinia alba & G. vitellina) as well as several threatened crustacean species (including the hairy marron, Cheraxtenuimanus).

By improving awareness, appreciation and understanding within the broader community about the species and the works required to conserve them into the future and through collaborative projects based on species recovery plans and expert advice, the project will build on partnerships between agencies, landholders, farmers, traditional owners and the community to deliver priority actions on both public and private land.

Important recovery actions for the endangered white bellied and orange bellied frogs Geocrinia alba and Geocriniavitellina continued in 2013-14 with Perth Zoo successfully rearing juvenile frogs of both species which were released to boost wild population numbers. On-ground works were completed to help protect known population sites including 700m of erosion control work and the re-establishment of 16.5km of fire access tracks.

The Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee worked with private landholders to encourage protection of riparian vegetation near important frog habitats with over 1.5km of fencing installed, 3.5ha revegetation with 17,500 seedlings and the installation of a stock crossing.

The Cape to Cape Catchments Group worked with landholders to protect riparian vegetation along the Margaret River, home to the hairy marron (Cheraxtenuimanus). A project has been established to determine the impact of removing smooth marron from the remaining habitat pools of the hairy marron.

Projects already underway will continue and a fauna reconstruction project in partnership with the Department of Parks and Wildlife will commence. The project aims to reconstruct diverse and resilient refuge habitats at the landscape scale that supports the recovery of native fauna populations and will focus on two priority conservation areas in the Upper Warren and the Wellington region.

Funding recipients:

  • Perth Zoo
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee
  • Cape to Cape Catchments Group

COMMITMENT
66 ha protected through weed control

ACHIEVEMENT
599 ha protected through weed control

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