Presentation on theme: "CALM AND BUSH FOREVER IMPLEMENTATION 9 June 2006 David Mitchell Department of Conservation and Land Management."— Presentation transcript:
CALM AND BUSH FOREVER IMPLEMENTATION 9 June 2006 David Mitchell Department of Conservation and Land Management
OUTLINE. Current Situation. Manager of Conservation Estate. Off-reserve and Advisory programs. Future. Issues and topics for discussion.
In 2000 Bush Forever identified 51,200 ha (287 sites). Remnant vegetation and Bush Forever Sites
CALM managed BF sites = 25,905 ha (102 sites). To date taken on an additional 4,100 ha Remnant vegetation, Bush Forever Sites and CALM estate
Urban Nature. Provide technical advice, support and coordination of information for all bushland managers. Identify and promote best practice bushland management Capacity build bushland managers Site specific advice and assistance Focus on Bush Forever sites
Geraldton carnation weed in Paganoni Swamp Bush Forever Site 395 Present around edges, requires management to prevent further invasion. Workshops and workdays to raise awareness of the weed and its impacts Brochures and information Setting up trials to test herbicide effectiveness Working with Friends, Perth Biodiversity Project, Regional Parks, and Rockingham Regional Environment Centre
Urban Nature: commitments for Skills for Nature Conservation training courses. Ecoplan News, quarterly Continuing trials to determine best practice Bushland management demonstration days at 3 BF sites Urban Nature training courses Nationally accredited week long weeds course one day workshops Contact rural landowners offering advice and copy of Bushland Weeds
Other Off-reserve Programs. Voluntary Nature Conservation Covenants. Land for Wildlife Bushland Benefits Direct specialist advice Programs of other organisations All “Opt-in” programs
THE FUTURE. Increased areas under management responsibility To date taken on an additional 4,100 ha ($0). land management responsibility rises from 25,900ha in 2000 to over 38,000ha by Level of management effort varies over sites. Reserve “design” and threats Levels of public use
THE FUTURE. Costs of management. CALM range from $20/ha to $900/ha. Smaller urban reserves at higher end. Local governments managing bushland (mostly smaller areas, high visitation) for $1,000/ha. Capital/establishment costs 3-4 times higher Revegetation and reconstruction is 10 to 100 times/ha.
THE FUTURE. Additional off-reserve need. If CALM expects to manage 38,000ha or more – ie 73% of BF area. This leaves 14,000ha (27%) not under direct CALM management: Local Government – 3,400 ha State Government – 2,000 + ha Commonwealth Government – 4,800 ha Rural private ownership – 2,800 ha 100+ Friends Groups
THE FUTURE. The Gaps. Delivery gaps – not all sites are in final management Expectation gaps – what level of management, advice? Process gaps – what mechanisms exist or need to exist? Encouragement and incentives to private landowners. Resource gap – to fund additional level of existing service and new services.