Landholders join the fight against invasive species

Agriculture production and the environment is set to benefit following 21 landholders successfully applying to be involved in the Western Weed Management Program for 2020-21.

The landholders will manage a number of invasive species, namely African Boxthorn, Mesquite, and a few cactus species, all of which, if left alone, can spread very quickly causing loss of productive land and creating habitat for pest animals like pigs, foxes and rabbits.

Landholders will use a variety of control methods including applying chemical, as well as cutting the weeds down to ground level with a brush cutter and then applying chemical to the stump. Other methods include removal with a bobcat or attachment on a frontend loader.

Funding for this program is from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program and Catchment Action NSW. The NLP funding was provided to Western Local Land Services to manage invasive species, specifically African Boxthorn, which threaten the condition of the Coolibah Black-Box Endangered Ecological Community, while the Catchment Action NSW funding allowed Western Local Land Services to treat other species listed in the Western Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan.

Landholders wanting further information should contact Senior Land Services Officer, Brian Dohnt on 0455 901 258 or email.

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