Pastoralists get help for quoll, bilby habitats
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.