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Rangelands NRM welcome National Wildlife Corridors Plan release

27 November 2012

Rangelands NRM welcomes the announcement from Minister Burke this month about the National Wildlife Corridors Plan.

Dr Brian Warren, General Manager of Rangelands NRM said the vision for reconnecting the Australian landscape through a network of wildlife corridors across Australia will improve resilience for the environment by connecting protected areas.

‘‘Minister Burke is to be congratulated for his initiative and congratulations to the Hon Bob Debus and the Advisory Group who developed the Plan,” Dr Warren said.

Communities can now identify and nominate areas they believe will contribute to a national network of wildlife corridors, whether these be small corridors created by local communities or large corridors that stretch across many different landscapes.

Dr Warren said the National Wildlife Corridors Plan provides endorsement of Rangelands NRM’s ‘Pilbara Corridors Project’ which is focused on the Fortescue River catchment in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Funded by the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund to protect and improve existing native vegetation and manage threats to biodiversity, the whole-of-landscape approach in the plan will improve the resilience of our landscapes in a changing climate and repair landscapes that have become fragmented.

“Rangelands NRM provides coordination and planning for communities to become involved in wildlife corridor initiatives and an area that meets the criteria and is declared as a National Wildlife Corridor may be eligible for priority funding under a range of Australian Government funding programs such as Caring for our Country and the Biodiversity Fund,” Dr Warren said.

He emphasised that Rangelands NRM is working in partnership with Greening Australia WA and the WA Department of Environment and Conservation in the Pilbara Corridors project to engage with pastoral, Indigenous, mining and conservation land managers in the Fortescue catchment in order to share knowledge and best practice.

“We are working with land managers on issues that connect the landscape into a biodiversity corridor.”

“Issues such as fire management and the spread of invasive weeds and feral animals all play out across property boundaries requiring coordinated planning and management across land types, many land managers, and over longer time periods than has been achieved in the past. “

Dr Warren said major companies already have on-ground control activities under way and are supportive of a coordinated catchment-wide approach.

The plan was released by the Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on 4 November 2012 and can be found athttp://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/wildlife-corridors/publications/national-plan.html

-ENDS-

NOTES FOR EDITOR:

Rangelands NRM
Rangelands NRM WA is a not for profit, non-aligned community-based group which aims to facilitate collaboration and best practice in environmental management for land managers who want to achieve good natural resources outcomes. For more information about Rangelands NRM and their projects, visithttp://www.rangelandswa.com.au/

Contact:

Dr Brian Warren, General Manager
Rangelands NRM, WA
Tel: 08 9485 8930

Teresa Belcher, Communications Manager
Rangelands NRM, WA
Tel: 08 9485 8930
Mobile: 0488 594324
Email:teresab@rangelandswa.com.au