Wheatbelt NRM is on the lookout for landholders interested in partnering on a unique, local feral animal control initiative.
The initiative forms part of Wheatbelt NRM’s “Where The Wild Things Are” project which targets patches of remnant vegetation that are consistent with conservation advice for the region’s Eucalypt Woodlands. This particular aspect is focusing on feral animals and fencing as a way of protecting these threatened ecological communities.
Project Manager, Anika Dent, says, “Working with landholders on feral animal control can have a huge impact on farming outcomes and the protection of the Wheatbelt’s Woodlands.”
“By definition, an ‘ecological community’ contains more than trees. It encompasses the plants, native animals, fungi and ground cover – all of which are extremely important to the overall health of the patch.”
Anika goes on to explain, “By engaging in feral animal management and fencing alongside landholder partners, we protect every aspect of the area.”
Wheatbelt landholders who have patches of remnant vegetation on their properties are being urged to get in contact with Wheatbelt NRM. Successful landholders will receive an individualised plan and one-on-one support in the plan’s delivery.
To summarise, Anika says, “Feral animal control is a win-win for farmers and Wheatbelt habitats. By working together we can not only enhance commercial outcomes but we also take important steps to protect our unique environment.”
Interested landholders can find more information on the “Where The Wild Things Are” and an application form at www.wheatbeltnrm.org.au/what-we-do/healthy-environments/where-wild-things-are.
This Wheatbelt NRM project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.