In a prickle over weeds
Thursday 20 June, 2019
In an area as vast as the Mallee, the need to control weeds might seem an overwhelming task. But in the Parks Victoria office at Irymple, there is a positive buzz in the air about weed control.
Additional Victorian Government funding means that Parks Victoria is focusing on Prickly Pear removal, along with Horehound, African Boxthorn, Boneseed, Bridal Creeper and other high-impact weeds in the region.
These weeds are known as transformer weeds. They are highly invasive species that can change the character, condition or form of native ecosystems over a substantial area. They are a serious threat to native plants and animals.
To really target these transformer weed species, Parks Victoria has enlisted the help of local contractors who map and treat the weeds in Murray Sunset, Hattah-Kulkyne and Wyperfeld National Parks. With a focus on the highest priority weeds in the most sensitive areas, it means that the risk of weed spread can be reduced.
By mapping and surveying the weed repeat visits can be made to those areas to make sure the weeds don’t spread again, and with funding for three years, it will be a real opportunity to reduce their area of spread.
By getting rid of invasive plants, native species have more of a chance to thrive and provide food and habitat for other native species.
Victoria's parks are home to more than 4300 native plants and 948 native animal species. Parks Victoria plays a vital role in protecting native plants and wildlife.
This work is funded with the support of the Victorian Government.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Total Grazing Management Coordinator, Brendan Rodgers
“We have an excellent opportunity to make a real impact on some of the main weed threats in the Mallee landscape.”
“There are wetlands and woodlands out here that are home to a number of our threatened species, including the Regent Parrot, Growling Grass Frog and De Vis’s Banded Snake. The Regent Parrot is only found in two populations in Australia, one of which is right here in the Murray Mallee. If we don’t look after them, these animals face a bleak future.”
“The hard work is paying off. In areas where weeds have been treated and reduced, we are starting to see a real return of native plant species.”
“By using a strategic approach, that is to treat the weeds at the time of year before they seed, and in areas that threaten sensitive native habitats, we can have a bigger effect. It is a big task, but over time we are seeing a difference.”
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