Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association Funds 5 New On-ground Projects

Gunduwa   Regional  Conservation   Association   Inc   has   funded   a  total of $110,600 for 5 new projects in the Gunduwa Regional Conservation Region.

Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association Inc is funded by Extension Hill and Mount Gibson Mining through the Environmental Offset package contained in Ministerial Statement 753.

We would like to congratulate all of these projects and look forward to working with them over the next 12 months and beyond.

Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group in partnership with Moore Catchment Council, supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) have successfully sought funding for reconnecting landscapes in the wheatbelt through revegetation corridors.

The aim is to reconnect landscapes in the wheatbelt through revegetation corridors, linking existing remnants, and thereby increasing the resilience of threatened species

Increasing connectivity in the landscape will enhance biodiversity by benefiting multiple species within these isolated remnants. The project will help protect threatened species, chiefly Malleefowl, but also Spiny tailed Skinks and numerous other bird and animal species which are increasingly restricted to localised pockets of uncleared bushland.

The Gunduwa Young Leaders Project will carry on from last year’s funding to engage 14 people aged between 14 -16 from the Shires of Morawa & Perenjori.

The 14 young people will experience a range of conservation and environmental activities, learn about the importance of the land and biodiversity, and develop their leadership and teamwork skills. They hope that young people may move on to taking on positions on local committees, become advocates for the environment and possibly mentor future young leaders.

North Central Malleefowl Preservation Group was successful also which will aid in the continuation of Malleefowl Field Training and Monitoring.

Their aim is to build on the success of the 2014 Malleefowl Volunteer Support Project which will increase the NCMPG membership and participation in Malleefowl protection in and near the GRCA region. This will include organising the training, conduct field training for volunteers in Malleefowl monitoring that conforms to best practice as described in the National Malleefowl Monitoring Manual, this will allow monitoring of sites for the 2015-2016 season and arrange for the uploading of all data gathered onto the National Malleefowl Database to contribute to the National Malleefowl Recovery Plan.

The collaborative Malleefowl Mound Identification Project has brought together four organisations, North Central Malleefowl Preservation Group, Bush Heritage Australia, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Bell Family @ Ninghan Station, information will be gathered by aerial imagery (LiDAR) in order to detect Malleefowl mounds in selected areas within the Gunduwa region

LiDAR imagery represents a new more efficient method of searching larger areas to detect mounds.

This project will positively influence conservation research by contributing to one of Australia’s largest species databases. Information gathered will also be a key component in the ambitious Adaptive Management Research Project being run by the University of Melbourne.

Do Climate Refugia Exist on the Conservation Stations in the Gunduwa Region, the Conservation Council WA through its Citizen Science Program has been monitoring climate and ten biotic indicators on Charles Darwin Reserve since 2008. It has become evident that some mammal taxa disappear from the monitored study sites during the frequent extended drought periods but recover in better seasons. This raises the question as to whether climate change refugia exist in this landscape and if so where.

This project will use time series of satellite imagery to identify and map areas to show sustained moisture availability and productivity. This will inform the restructuring of the sampling regime used by the Observatory. If climate refugia exist they will be key features for maintaining regional biodiversity and should be targets for protection and intensive management (particularly of introduced animals)

We also have two projects pending which relate to Pest Management Control and Geotourism.

For any further information please contact Jude Cusworth at [email protected] or 0429 647 506.

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