Help needed to pro­tect For­rest­dale Lake

Vol­un­teers needed to pre­serve vi­tal wet­lands

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Front Page - Jes­sica Nico

DISEASE, in­tro­duced species and hu­mans are all hav­ing an ef­fect on the health of For­rest­dale Lake Na­ture Re­serve.

But all is not lost for the Ram­sar Wet­land of In­ter­na­tional Im­por­tance, with Perth NRM busy hold­ing con­ser­va­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work in the area as part of its Liv­ing Wet­lands pro­gram.

With the help of lo­cal vol­un­teers, Perth NRM is work­ing to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity, man­age weeds, and con­trol ve­hic­u­lar and an­i­mal ac­cess, all in a bid to bet­ter the lake’s con­di­tion.

Perth NRM en­vi­ron­ment pro­gram man­ager Luke McMil­lan said For­rest­dale Lake was one of the most im­por­tant con­ser­va­tion ar­eas in Aus­tralia’s south­west.

“This species-rich sanc­tu­ary en­com­pass a re­mark­able va­ri­ety of plants and wildlife, some of which have been found nowhere else, and in or­der to re­tain the di­ver­sity of th­ese ex­tra­or­di­nary bush­land and wet­land ar­eas it is crit­i­cal that they re­main in­tact, are not frag­mented and are man­aged cor­rectly,” he said.

“Is­sues in­clude loss of habi­tat, threats by foxes, dogs and cats to birds, bandi­coots and other an­i­mals that in­habit the re­serve, ac­cess by horses and stock, wa­ter pollution and in­va­sion of in­tro­duced weed species.

“But the pre­vail­ing threat to For­rest­dale Lake is the re­duced in­flow of sur­face and ground wa­ter re­sult­ing in lower peak wa­ter lev­els and fre­quent dry­ing.

“Our vi­sion is to im­prove the eco­log­i­cal health and char­ac­ter of the lake to pro­vide an in­tact and pro­tected habi­tat for mi­gra­tory birds and other lo­cal wildlife, to en­hance the con­di­tion and re­silience of the eco­log­i­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the neigh­bour­ing na­ture re­serve, and to in­crease the aware­ness and in­volve­ment of the com­mu­nity.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is calling on more vol­un­teers for help with work such as fence main­te­nance, weed sur­veys and erad­i­ca­tion, bush re­gen­er­a­tion, bird sur­veys and pick­ing up rub­bish.

Call 9397 0276 or visit www.ser­cul.org.au/calendar-of-events for more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing vol­un­teer events.

The health of For­rest­dale Lake Na­ture Re­serve is at risk be­cause of disease and hu­man im­pact.

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