Work aims to pro­tect area

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

The Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife com­pleted a ma­jor con­ser­va­tion pro­ject at the Cane River Con­ser­va­tion Park last month which will pro­tect the re­serve.

The work, sup­ported by BHP Bil­li­ton, in­cluded cul­tural her­itage sur­veys, weed clear­ing and putting up a fence to keep cat­tle out.

DPaW Pil­bara re­gional leader of na­ture con­ser­va­tion Nigel Wes­sels said by tack­ling the weed and feral her­bi­vore prob­lem, the pro­gram paved the way for na­tive plant and an­i­mal species to flour­ish.

“The fence will pro­tect the grass from over­graz­ing and by clear­ing the weed in­fes­ta­tion, it al­lows the na­tive plants to re­cover,” he said.

Mr Wes­sels said the pro­ject had en­gaged tra­di­tional own­ers the Tha­lanyji peo­ple to com­plete a de­tailed ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and ethno­graphic study of the area.

“We worked with el­ders and ar­chae­ol­o­gists, walk­ing the fence align­ment to in­spect for cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive ar­eas or arte­facts,” he said.

“Af­ter sev­eral months of en­gage­ment we got the go-ahead to con­struct the fence from the Tha­lanyji peo­ple.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Cane River Con­ser­va­tion pro­ject, visit dpaw.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: BHP Bil­li­ton

DPaW has fin­ished erect­ing a fence for the off­set pro­ject at Cane River Con­ser­va­tion Park.

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