This week 1600 seedlings were planted on the Houtman Abrolhos North Island to help restore degraded land from wind erosion and invasive species as part of the Abrolhos islands Rehabilitation Project.
This week’s trip marked the projects seventh trip in the last few month over to the Houtman Abrolhos − a coral reef archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the Midwest coast and comprise a cluster of 122 islands.
“Not only are we doing significant work to help protect the islands’ biodiversity, but we get to enjoy the surroundings of what might be the Midwest’s best kept secret,” said NACC NRM Officer Heather Legge.
— Heather Legge (@HeatherLegge3) June 25, 2015
“The 1600 seedlings planted this week is a small part of the large scale project but is significant in the restoration of a large area which was badly degraded”, said Ms Legge.
— NACC (@NACC_NRM) June 24, 2015
BCMI Biodiversity Conservation Projects Manager Maryke Gray said the project aims to plant 20,000 diverse native flora species across the Houtman Abrolhos.
“Rehabitating the eastern side of the island is vital to improve landscape connectivity and biodiversity values”, said Ms Gray.
A large part of the on-ground works are undertaken by students studying Conservation and Land Management courses at BCMI. This gives the students a unique opportunity to gain field experience as part of their course work.
Scholarships are now open for next year’s Conservation and Land Management students and close 10 July 2015, with courses beginning early August 2015.
The project is delivered by Durack Institute of Technology’s Batavia Coast Marine Institute (BCMI) in partnership with NACC and will run for another two years and includes further identification of critically threatened sites, weed control management and native species revegetation.