Invasive Species

 

The K2W Link provides an opportunity to implement a coordinated cross-tenure invasive species management program that will deliver available project funding to value-add ongoing landholder efforts and existing programs delivered by NPWS, Local Land Services (LLS),Landcare, local government and others. The approach used will provide an example of how similar projects and investment might be structured in other landscapes within the GER.

 

A core budget of $515,000 will be available for materials/treatments/staff salaries to support management of feral animals, with a further $235,000 available for activities that support an integrated approach to management of invasive species including where this enhances outcomes through workshops, community coordination and other capacity building activities.

 

Funds will be used to establish a 4 year program of feral animal management in three priority focus areas along the length of the K2W Link corridor. Direct investment will complement delivery of existing programs by K2W partners such as NPWS, LLS, Landcare and others. The program will compliment revegetation and management of weeds which are funded through other parts of the K2W budget.

Aims

  1. Provide a focus for collaboration between K2W Link landholders, NPWS other stakeholders in the landscape, based on an appropriate foundation of consultation and engagement.
  1. Collate information and local knowledge about impacts of invasive species on connectivity values of the K2W Link, and priorities for future investment to support development of funding proposals for collaborative projects.
  1. Manage priority species (as identified in the K2W Link conservation investment plan) over at least 5000 hectares to prevent and reverse decline in condition of linked areas, minimise impacts on planting success, and enhance functional connectivity.
  1. Deliver events, activities and products to increase the active participation of landholders and promote increased understanding and appreciation of the role of invasive species management in management and restoration of landscape corridors.
  1. Increase landholder awareness about the extent of ongoing management programs by NPWS, and availability of advice and information to support ongoing involvement in cross-tenure activities via an invasive species projects officer.
  1. Provide the basis for information sharing about projects, achievements and lessons learned in invasive species management projects with other GER regional partnerships.

 

Long Term Outcomes

Investment in invasive species management in the K2W Link will deliver:

  1. Reduced impact of invasive species on connectivity values of priority focus areas within the K2W Link.
  1. Build on demonstrated models applied elsewhere to progress a coordinated, cross-tenure approach to management of invasive species in the K2W Link landscape.
  1. Long term sustainability of management programs built by encouraging information sharing between landholders across focus areas.
  1. Enhanced quality, success and maintenance of works through landholder access to the advice, information and tools needed to manage invasive species on their property.
  1. Monitoring systems in place to support ongoing adaptive management, design of works and accounting for improved connectivity.
  1. Coordination and cross-tenure operating arrangements agreed between local landholders and managers to leverage collaborative cross-tenure management of fire and invasive species to prevent and reverse decline of strategic carbon-biodiversity assets.
  1. A long term landholder involvement strategy established to support long term delivery.

 

Scope of investment

The project will comprise an integrated approach to engagement, consultation and delivery of linked/related activities.

  1. Project management provided by a part time position hosted by NPWS Blue Mountains Region to oversee contracts and operational aspects of invasive species projects funded as part of the K2W Link, coordinate cross-tenure inputs from project partners, and encourage feedback from project partners via a K2W Link invasive species working group.
  1. Research and investigation of the impacts of invasive species on connectivity values and their implications for cross-tenure collaborative management, including feedback on impacts of treatment on invasive species in targeted areas using remote cameras to record the presence of invasive animals and detect changes in movement associated with investments made in the K2W Link.
  1. Materials and treatments* to directly manage invasive species, including traps, baits, chemicals, aerial shoots, etc.

* Note – $30,000 will be set aside to establish a contingency fund via the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife to enable rapid response to unexpected or newly detected problem issues in future.

  1. Workshops, field days and training events to build community awareness of the presence and impacts of invasive species on connectivity values, tools available to monitor problem species, and emerging techniques to manage impacts in targeted areas.
  1. Community coordination to work with the K2W Link facilitator and Invasive Species Projects Officer in supporting community involvement in collaborative cross-tenure projects.

 

Delivery will begin in late 2013 in the Abercrombie River Corridor focus area. Lessons learned from delivery will be used to plan and support roll-out in a second area (Copperhania district) commencing towards mid-2014.

Funds will be used to:

  • Host workshops to:
  • Expand existing projects by LLS, NPWS and others, which comprise ‘shovel-ready’ projects with willing landholders to demonstrate principles and practice of collaborative management
  • promote the significance of invasive species on connectivity values in priority focus areas;
  • outline the intended approach to coordinated delivery of invasive species management on private land in combinations with existing programs on public lands;
  • acknowledge the involvement of willing landholders, and provide an opportunity for them to comment on the benefits of being involved to encourage other landholders to participate in targeted projects;
  • provide the basis for identifying engaged landholders who are willing to undertake works on their property;
  • introduce attendees to the availability of mobile apps and online tools to support recording of information about feral animals; and
  • provide the basis for the staged development of local plans by Landcare and others to consolidate the role of revegetation, rehabilitation and private land agreements in facilitating targeted management of invasive species.

3. Establish remote camera monitoring points on public and private lands to establish baseline information on presence of invasive species and as a means of promoting the importance of invasive species on connectivity values**.

**Note – The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative has provided $50,000 to the National Parks Association of NSW in both 2013-14  and 2014-15 to support expansion of their citizen science program to involve landholders in tracking and monitoring feral animals on their properties.

  1. Promote intended treatment periods and make materials (baits, traps, etc) available to interested landholders via Landcare and other project partners.
  1. Provide material support (chemicals, baits, staff time and logistical coordination) for on-ground works to implement feral animal control in conjunction with ongoing revegetation and monitoring. Techniques for feral animal control will include strategic baiting, shooting and muster.
  1. Apply revegetation as a management technique in conjunction with suppression of invasive species, to provide a focus for involvement of community and K2W project partners, and complement management of cultural heritage values where appropriate.
  1. Advertise/promote the outcomes of suppression, and encourage feedback from landholders about the benefits and opportunities for improvement in the management program.

.Indicative funding allocation

 

Item 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Sub-total
1. Projects Manager 53,500 55,000 57,000 165,500
2. Research and investigations 20,000 30,000 30,000 80,000
3a. Materials and treatments 50,000 100,000 100,000   100,000 350,000
3b. Materials and treatments (contingency) 30,000 30,000
4. Workshops and capacity building events 15,000 15,000 15,000 45,000
5. Community coordination 10,000 25,000 20,000 55,000
6. Misc. operating 4,500 10,000 10,000 24,500
TOTAL $ 50,000 $ 203,000 $ 235,000 $ 262,000 $ 750,000

 

Attachments

 

map of focus area

  1. Map of priority focus areas in the K2W Link landscape

 

  1. Scheduled activities proposed for initial investment in 2014-15

 

 

Attachment 1 – Map of priority focus areas in the K2W Link landscape

 

1 Kanangra Corridors

2 Abercrombie River Corridor

3 Keverstone Corridors

4 Copperhania Corridor

5 Wyangala Foreshores

6 Bigga District

7 Copperhania District