Threatened Ecological Communities

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

Threatened Ecological Communities (TEC) are in many respects treasure chests of threatened plant and animals and their associated habitat.

These communities are at risk of extinction if threats are not adequately managed. Survival of these communities is essential to biological diversity conservation and maintenance of ecosystem processes essential to man’s survival.

The TEC project forms part of SWCC’s efforts to support the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s (DPaW) work in protecting TEC in the south-west.

The project aims to increase the resilience of TEC’s and increase the long term security for TEC threatened flora species through on ground management actions and translocation activities as well as reducing the threat of fire through weed management and managing the threat of Dieback at seven priority Busselton Ironstone sites.

Since 2010, SWCC has successfully contracted on ground works to DPaW since to address threats to the survival of Nationally Listed TEC’s.

Over this year DPaW have implemented on-ground management activities to recover and manage four threatened ecological community types, including the Busselton Ironstone shrub lands, Claypan of the Swan Coastal Plain, the Marri-Kingia woodlands on heavy soils and the Marri-Grass tree woodlands and shrub lands on the Swan Coastal Plain.

Stakeholders and the community have been engaged for the broader protection of TEC’s through management of threat on adjoining lands. A community planting day held on Bindjareb Park and Mooyootj Reserve saw 70 volunteers plant 6000 seedlings to revegetate 4ha of a claypan TEC.

In 2013-14, 115.2 ha of TEC was protected from fire and degradation through weed mapping and control with a further 78 ha protected with a new technique of vehicle access control involving rock armouring and metal bollards.

Into 2014-15, the project will continue with threatened flora translocations to increase the number of threatened plants in the wild and will continue with weed control to protect TEC’s.

Funding recipients:

  • Department of Parks and Wildlife Swan
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife South-West

COMMITMENT
165.5 ha of TEC protected/managed

ACHIEVEMENT
193 ha of TEC protected/managed

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