Learning from past strategic restoration programs in the southern West Australian Wheatbelt
This project assessed the effectiveness of revegetation and corridors, land management actions and the establishment of ecological linkages projects in the southern Wheatbelt on the region’s unique fauna.
It focused on the Dongolocking Catchment that was the site of a major conservation project (1996-2005). Here a focal species approach was used to inform broad scale revegetation activities that were designed to optimise wildlife habitat for a broad range of species.
The project’s finding form a scientific basis and will help improve principles and methods that implement revegetation corridors and landscape conservation and enhance the habitat values of fauna species.
Understanding biodiversity outcomes
This project contributes to our understanding of long term outcomes for fauna that result from restoration that is aimed at connecting and buffering fragmented vegetation in agricultural landscapes.
Meeting the knowledge needs of end users
The knowledge gained through this research will be used to increase the capacity of the regional practitioners, agencies, local governments and the Natural Resource Management (NRM) community to better plan and undertake successful restoration projects that contribute to fauna conservation, including critical weight range fauna. The Camera Trapping Guide is one outcome of the Bringing them Back Partnership Project.
The role of WABSI in the project
WABSI played an active role in supporting project development and partnership development. WABSI chaired the steering committee for the project, which included members from all project partners and provided strategic advice to the project team.
The project was led and funded by the South West Catchments Council and Edith Cowan University, with support from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Greening Australia; Dumbleyung Landcare and BioMonitoring International Pty Ltd.
The project was supported by funding through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.