It is important to note that all native vegetation is protected under the Environmental Protection Act, 1986. This is governed by Clearing Regulations and administered by the Department of Environment and Conservation. Under these regulations, trees, shrubs, ground covers, and native grasses are all protected - even if they are dead.
Although dead vegetation can look unsightly, it is important habitat for our native animals, particularly small birds, lizards and bandicoots. Dead vegetation often promotes regeneration of native plants through providing shelter, retaining soil moisture and moderating soil temperatures. If you are concerned about dead vegetation on your reserve in regards to fire hazard or fuel loads, talk to the Environmental Reserves Officer. There are often other, more sustainable ways to reduce the fuel load or fire hazard of your reserve.
Bushcare activities such as the removal of woody weeds and the control of non-native grasses or Watsonia, are environmentally friendly ways to reduce both the fire hazard and fuel loading of your friends group reserve.
Fire is a major risk to the flora and fauna in the Shire and needs careful consideration and control. Consult the Volunteer Fire Brigade in your locality and the Shire of Kalamunda Rangers Department for advice in compiling a workable fire management plan. Please notify the Shire’s Ranger Services if your reserves firebreaks need clearing.
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