Time to cut back

CLEAR­ING OF PINE PLAN­TA­TIONS TO SLOW DOWN

Joondalup Times - - STREET WATCH -

CLEAR­ING will slow down in north­ern sub­urbs pine plan­ta­tions to pro­tect the feed­ing habi­tat of en­dan­gered Carn­aby’s black cock­a­toos.

The State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced on April 11 that the 2018-19 Bud­get would in­clude $2.5 mil­lion to source pines from the South West rather than the Gnan­gara, Pin­jar and Yanchep pine plan­ta­tions.

“This new fund­ing will en­sure the State Gov­ern­ment meets sup­ply agree­ments with the tim­ber in­dus­try while re­duc­ing the im­pact on the Swan Coastal Plain pop­u­la­tion of Carn­aby’s cock­a­too,” Forestry Min­is­ter Dave Kelly said.

The funds will meet the ad­di­tional haulage and thin­ning costs of har­vest­ing at al­ter­na­tive sites, re­sult­ing in a drop across the three plan­ta­tions from a pro­jected 2200ha to 500ha un­til June 30, 2019.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son said the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions had a re­cov­ery plan for the en­dan­gered birds.

“The depart­ment works col­lab­o­ra­tively with BirdLife Aus­tralia, the WA Mu­seum and wildlife con­ser­va­tion vol­un­teers to in­stall and re­pair nest­ing hol­lows, re­ha­bil­i­tate in­jured cock­a­toos, pro­tect habi­tat and re­search and mon­i­tor the species,” he said.

Birdlife WA Carn­aby’s black cock­a­too project co­or­di­na­tor Adam Peck wel­comed the an­nounce­ment.

“It’s good that they are re­duc­ing the amount of har­vest­ing over the next cou­ple of years; that will def­i­nitely help the lo­cal Carn­aby’s pop­u­la­tion,” he said.

He said clear­ing of food re­sources, roost­ing sites and breed­ing trees had the great­est im­pact on the pop­u­la­tion of the en­dan­gered species.

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