Work aims to protect area
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.
DPaW has finished erecting a fence for the offset project at Cane River Conservation Park.