Remediation Works Update, 27 June 2017

Some of the State’s university and government expert researchers are helping provide some science behind the restoration of the Roe 8 corridor.

They are part of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI), a partnership between four WA Universities, the CSIRO and 5 Government departments who work together to learn more about Western Australia’s plant and animal biodiversity.

“A key priority for us is having a better understanding of how to restore ecosystems on the Swan Coastal Plain.  We’re excited about bringing together the best scientific expertise to support this important project,” Dr Guy Boggs, WABSI Restoration Node Leader said.

Working with the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group, one of the first steps identified has been to remove mulch from the site to avoid suffocation of plants. Winter rains would then help native vegetation recover, saving restoration costs.

Restoration will focus on rehabilitating the diverse vegetation represented across the corridor, including wetland and woodland communities, to help animal habitat flourish once again.

Scientists from seven of the ten organisations that comprise WABSI and representing some of the State’s leading experts in restoration, ecology and social science, will play a key role in the restoration work.

For more information, see http://wabsi.org.au/

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