The Living Landscapes project focuses on protecting, restoring and connecting nationally and internationally significant assets through local community action.
The project continues to increase the capacity of the NRM community through providing long term funding and ongoing support for the delivery of five Living Landscapes community lead environmental restoration sub-projects and through the delivery of project related communications and community participation activities.
Over 400 people participated in the delivery of 14 different land management activities across 18 sites in the Perth NRM region over the last twelve months. These sites contain a range of EPBC listed threatened species habitats and threatened ecological communities. In total, 66 individual site-based activities, many of which were delivered over multiple stages occurred.
Members of the community participated in the Resilient Landscapes project across six landcare activity events. Participants gained knowledge about high priority environmental values in their area and the processes that threaten them, and learnt practical landcare skills. The outcomes delivered will improve the condition of and reduce threats to EPBC threatened habitats and regional corridors that connect them.
More than 23,000 seedlings were planted over 27ha during the year, to increase the extent of threatened ecological communities, to enhance habitat connectivity between significant intact patches of remnant vegetation, and to improve the condition and resilience of disturbed vegetation following environmental weed treatment.
Weed treatments targeting priority environmental weeds have been conducted throughout the Living Landscapes program to improve the condition of and reduce threats to EPBC threatened habitats or regionally strategic ecological corridors that connect them. Over 2000 hectares of weed treatment has occurred over the last twelve months in various locations including the Brixton St wetlands, Paganoni swamp Nature reserve, multiple Heritage trails reserves between Chidlow and Swan View, and multiple Ellenbrook to Walyunga linkage reserves.
The 2016 ‘Boneseed Blitz’ took place during September and October and marked the 8th consecutive year of coordinated boneseed surveillance and control in the Perth Region. The Local governments of Armadale, Kalamunda, Mundaring and Swan, and the South East Regional Council for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) made invaluable contributions to the hours required in the field to thoroughly survey and control infestations. One new infestation was discovered and brought under control as a result of the surveillance efforts. Eight sites have failed to produce new seedlings for at least three years and these infestations are presumed extirpated, but will continue to be surveyed. 19 sites produced a less than 200 seedlings in total this year and six sites produced less than 30 small and medium flowering plants in total this year.
Bitou bush control at the Kwinana Industrial Area has been undertaken over 246ha in partnership with research scientists from the CSIRO, who are studying the population dynamics and seed bank behaviours of the infestation. Bitou control activities are intended to bring about eradication of this infestation, which is the only known population in Western Australia. The project was conducted to protect remnant local coastal vegetation at nearby high priority sites including TECs and threatened species breeding and foraging habitats.
Dieback disease was managed to better protect two sites. Alps Street Reserve (part of the Hills Heritage Trail linkage) was treated by injecting and spraying susceptible vegetation with phosphite solution. This action reduces the impacts of dieback within the 17ha dieback front treatment zone and prevents the spread of dieback into a further 47ha of uninfected vegetation. The 98ha Forrestdale Lake Nature Reserve was interpreted for dieback to inform future management plan development and implementation.
1.96 km Kangaroo and wallaby exclusion fencing (Post and Netting) was installed at Maralla Road Nature reserve to protect 8.2ha of priority habitats, to exclude herbivory of revegetation works, unauthorised vehicle access and prevention of debris blowing into Grevillea curviloba subsp. curviloba habitat. Fencing at Forrestdale NR has now been completed with the 3.6km target exceeded by a further 2.5 km as a result of additional in-kind support being provided by the City of Armadale, with 6.1km new fencing installed to protect 110ha habitat including Claypan TECs and the Ramsar wetland from unmanaged vehicle incursion as a result of the project.
Living Landscapes has also been involved in the development of management plans, fauna surveys, seed collection and pest management treatments. The Living Landscapes program works with five project partners: Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group, the Friends of Paganoni NR, Jane Brook Catchment Group, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare and World Wildlife Fund, undertaking the five Living Landscapes grants.