Pas­toral­ists get help for quoll, bilby habi­tats

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Pil­bara land­hold­ers will re­ceive more sup­port to con­trol weeds which threaten the habi­tat of two en­dan­gered an­i­mals.

A Ran­ge­lands NRM-sup­ported pro­ject will con­trib­ute to the sur­vey, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and pro­tec­tion of north­ern quoll and greater bilby habi­tats in the Pil­bara biore­gion un­der threat from the spread of a num­ber of weeds of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance.

Ran­ge­lands NRM desert and Pil­bara pro­gram man­ager Chris Curnow said the pro­ject would aid “coin­vest­ment” in weed con­trol pro­grams with pas­toral, min­ing, in­dige­nous and gov­ern­ment land man­agers.

“A ma­jor fo­cus will be to as­sess veg­e­ta­tion com­plexes from which weeds are re­moved and align tar­geted weed con­trol en­deav­ours with veg­e­ta­tion types known to be suit­able habi­tat for pop­u­la­tions of the north­ern quoll and greater bilby,” he said.

The pro­ject will lead to a num­ber of mon­i­tor­ing sites be­ing im­ple­mented across the Pil­bara, re­lat­ing to known or po­ten­tial greater bilby and north­ern quoll habi­tats.

The Pil­bara Mesquite Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee will be re­spon­si­ble for the co-or­di­na­tion of on­ground con­trol pro­grams, fa­cil­i­tat­ing weed plan­ning ses­sions and eval­u­at­ing the im­pact of weed con­trol pro­grams.

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