Over 400 landholders on central and western Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, are involved in the West Coast Integrated Pest Management Program, a Natural Heritage Trust-funded program which is managed by a partnership of four state and regional agencies. Central to the philosophy and success of the program is a coordinated, landscape scale approach to pest management activities on both public and private lands, with landholders organised into neighbourhood groups. This aims to benefit biodiversity through threat abatement, as well as improving agricultural productivity. The program commenced in 1999 to support reintroduction programs for brush-tailed bettongs (Bettongia penicillata) and greater bilbies (Macrotis lagotis) within a predator-proof fence at Venus Bay Conservation Park. Due to community motivation and direction, the program has expanded beyond its original scope, in terms of both geographical area and issues addressed. Threat abatement activities include two coordinated fox baiting programs per year, planning and implementation of rabbit control programs, and promotion of feral cat control. The landholder network of groups and group leaders has become a medium through which capacity building for a variety of natural resource management activities can be achieved. The Program includes a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation component, which is showing promising results to date. The program has also attracted interest from research institutions that has resulted in collaboration on a range of projects. A summary of the program’s development and current situation, together with selected results are presented.
|Author||Thorn, K., Coventry, R. and Jarmyn, D.|
|Secondary title||13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference|
|Place published||Wellington, NZ|
|Control method||Integrated Pest Management|