Pilbara Corridors Project
The Fortescue River catchment in Western Australia’s Pilbara region is the focus of this six-year project to protect and improve existing native vegetation and manage threats to biodiversity. It involves landscape-scale activities that connect across management boundaries providing coordinated responses to biodiversity threats. Rangelands NRM WA manages the grant by working in partnership with Greening Australia WA and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife to engage with pastoral, Indigenous, mining and conservation land managers in the region which continues to rapidly develop. Pilbara Corridors provides the governance and infrastructure to promote and nurture a collaborative approach for all stakeholders to realise environmental and socio-economic benefits for the Pilbara.
Conservation Action Planning (CAP) is a powerful tool to guide conservation teams to develop focused strategies and measures of success. A draft CAP was produced of the region following a series of stakeholder workshops and currently priorities are being identified and working groups established to implement management actions.
Working with DFES, DPaW, Aboriginal groups and pastoralists, fire management in the region is being undertaken aiming to imporve fire regimes, and coordinate management across tenures through implementation of a fire management plan for the Fortescue catchment.
Twelve Environmentally Sustainable Rangelands Management (ESRM) plans have been completed on pastoral properties.
Weed management has been coordinated with the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee working with pastoral stations, mining companies and indigenous rangers. This has included land management training for the Ngurrawaana Rangers.
Working with the Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group, Pastoralists, DAFWA and DPaW, feral herbivores are being managed using radio telemetry collar technology. “Judas” animals with collars are allowing feral populations of donkeys to be located and managed using aerial culling on 2.6 million hectares.
Funding was provided to a UWA PhD student to contribute to advanced knowledge on freshwater ecosystems.
The Pilbara Corridors Project is funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Biodiversity Fund, which is now managed through the National Landcare Programme.
Articles about the Pilbara Corridors Project in the Rangelands NRM eNews.