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Management Plan 2005

Purpose

Continue to rehabilitate and research the Wetlands strip on the Newton Moore Senior High School site. Furthermore, plant more shrubs and reeds on the wetlands understorey to more closely resemble the wetlands before the school was built.

  • Continue and improve our captive breeding program of the Western Pygmy Perch and restock wetlands and neighbouring wetlands with native fish.
  • Continue to remove Gambusia from areas where Western Pygmy Perch are going to be released. Place signs at these sites to inform public.
  • Monitor sites where fish have been released throughout Term 4.
  • Monitor water quality in ponds by doing seasonal checks on water and pond life. Include monthly testing of pH, phosphate, nitrate and oxygen levels, temperature, turbidity, conductivity, ammonia and macro invertebrates.
  • Design and install a netting system at Koopoolang Pond to reduce predatory effect of waterbirds on native fish.
  • Plant more native sedges around pond areas. Plant wetland trees around the perimeter.
  • Plant native plant in the vicinity of the fences (such as Prickley Moses) along-with an understorey to deter people jumping into the wetlands.
  • Extend the buffer zone of the wetlands and reduce weed encroachment from wetlands fence to the logs barrier (especially around Koopoolang Pond and the northern end of the wetlands) using wads of newspaper and mulch.
  • Apply to CALM for license Regulation 17 for 2005 to trap and continue to record data on frog species in the wetlands.
  • Continue to collect seeds to province plant. Obtain extra seedlings from Iluka Resources ltd and Leschenault Community Nursery.
  • Continue with weed control.
  • Identify and keep records of any birds, mammals, reptiles observed in the area.
  • Remove litter and rubbish dumped in the area. Provide green wheelie bins at wetlands entrance. Initiate a recycling program in the school. Provide general maintenance to paths, fences etc.
  • Continually update our Wetland Research Centre in the classroom, including our web pages, field guides and herbarium.
  • Use trends in 2005 data to help reassess status of the wetlands and modify our action plan for 2006.

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