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Management Plan 2006

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.
  • Apply to Bunbury City for Habitat Grant
  • Develop a captive breeding program of the Western Minnow and restock wetlands and neighbouring wetlands with native fish.
  • Continue to remove Gambusia from areas where native fish are going to be released. Place signs at these sites to inform public.
  • Monitor sites where fish have been released throughout  2006.
  • Monitor water quality in wetlands 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.
  • Plant more native sedges around pond areas. Plant wetland trees around the perimeter. Investigate increasing the height of the wetlands fence.
  • 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 and maintain 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 2006 to trap and continue to record data on frog and reptile 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 and litter control. Provide general maintenance to paths, fences etc
  • Identify and keep records of any birds, mammals, reptiles observed in the area.
  • Install rainwater tanks and connect flow into Koopoolang for summer water supply.
  • Investigate the possibility of installing a settling tank to purify bore water flow into Koopoolang pond.
  • Continually update our Wetland Research Centre in the classroom, including our web pages, field guides and herbarium. Produce a new web page on the Habitat project.
  • Use trends in 2006 data to help reassess status of the wetlands and modify our action plan for 2007.

 

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