The Shire of Kalamunda currently retains 74% (24,081ha) of its original vegetation. Approximately 90% this remaining vegetation is located in National Parks, State Forest or Regional Parks and is managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) for conservation, or by the Department of Water for water catchment purposes. 1,475ha or 6.1% of the remaining original vegetation in the Shire of Kalamunda is located on private land.
Management and protection of remnant vegetation and natural areas by private landholders has many benefits for the broader community, including contributing to:
- Maintenance of healthy vegetation communities;
- Retention of native flora;
- Biodiversity conservation;
- Provision of fauna habitat;
- Integrity of wildlife corridors for the movement of fauna; and
- Long term survival of native species local to the Kalamunda Shire.
The Shire supports landholders who are protecting and managing the bush and creeklines on their properties as these activities support the enhancement and future protection of bushland in the Shire, and can help create important linkages between patches of bushland. Support for landholders is offered by the Shire through programs such as the annual Plants for Residents Day, and Bush Skills for the Hills training opportunities.
The Shire of Kalamunda’s Environmental Officers can provide technical environmental advice for private landholders on topics such as revegetation, weed control, and Phytophthora dieback prevention and treatment.
Private Landholder Bushland Information Package
The Shire of Kalamunda has just completed developing the Private Landholder Bushland Information Package to assist landholders with implementing conservation initiatives on existing natural areas and the creation of new ones on their property. The package contains a wide range of resources, technical information and training opportunities for landholders to better understand and manage the natural features on their property. This package is useful for small or large private areas of bushland and rural properties. Click here to open the package.
Additional support for landholders is offered by the Shire through programs such as the annual Plants for Residents Day, and Bush Skills for the Hills training opportunities. The Shire’s Environmental team can provide advice for revegetation, plant identification, erosion control, weed control and Phytophthora dieback prevention and treatment and the writing of grant applications.
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