A Community Stewardship grant from the State NRM Office has made it possible for SERCUL to take the lead in regional Boneseed management.
For more than ten years, Perth NRM actively managed the threat of Boneseed, a declared pest in Western Australia and a Weed of National Significance (WoNS).
Throughout that period, Boneseed has been successfully contained to limited areas with low populations, but a lack of dedicated funding meant the management program was under threat, spending a year in hiatus.
Fortunately, the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) successfully secured a Community Stewardship Grant from the State NRM Office, providing funding for a further three years.
Now in a supporting role, Perth NRM is partnering with SERCUL to ensure the continued management of Boneseed across 42 sites in the region.
Perth NRM recently went out onsite with SERCUL and CSIRO to check on the sites. As expected after a year without regulated management, there was an increase in the number of mature plants found, some of which had dropped seed.
It is an important reminder that many environmental actions require consistent monitoring and management, and appropriate long-term funding.
Perth NRM appreciates the efforts of SERCUL to ensure that this particular threat is properly managed into the future.