Threatened Ecological Communities (TECs) are, in many respects, treasure chests of threatened plants and animals and their associated habitat.
These communities are at risk of extinction if threats are not adequately managed. Their survival is essential to biological diversity conservation and the maintenance of many ecosystem processes on which we rely.
The project has been delivered in partnership with Parks and Wildlife to protect TECs in the South West since 2010. The project aims to increase the resilience of TECs and increase the long term security for TEC threatened flora species through on-ground management actions. This includes translocation, revegetation, weed control, dieback management and vehicle access control to protect these important assets.
Over the last two years, Parks and Wildlife has been supported to implement on-ground management activities to recover and manage five TEC types at 17 sites, including: Busselton Ironstone shrublands; Claypans of the Swan Coastal Plain (2 varieties); Marri-Kingia woodlands on heavy soils; and Marri-Grass tree woodlands and shrublands on the Swan Coastal Plain.
Two events have been held to increase community skills and knowledge in TEC conservation, including a Busselton Ironstone TEC workshop and a community planting day at an Aboriginal Heritage Reserve. Five threatened flora species have been translocated onto two properties, with 433 seedlings planted. Over 128 hectares of TECs have been protected through weed control at seven sites, 77 hectares protected through dieback management at priority Busselton Ironstone sites, four hectares protected at Mooyooti Reserve through revegetation and 78 hectares of Tuart Claypans protected from vehicle access.
Future work to protect TECs in 2015-16 is planned through the Biodiversity Refugia and Linkages project.
“TECs of the Swan Coastal Plain landform are under considerable threat from a range of degrading factors. Thanks to SWCC, the management of all of these degrading factors has been greatly assisted in several TEC sites in the DPaW South West Region.”
Andrew Webb, Parks and Wildlife.
You can get up close and personal with South West Threatened Ecological Communities via the Glimpses into disappearing landscapeswebsite, developed as part of this project. Visit: www.glimpeswa.com.au
167.5ha protected through management actions
287.6ha protected through management actions
5 species managed
5 species managed