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Have your say on how Wheatbelt reserves will be managed into the future

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The Conservation and Parks Commission and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) advise that the Wheatbelt Region Parks and Reserves Draft Management Plan 2019 has been released for public comment.

Rapid and extensive agricultural development of the Wheatbelt from the early 1900s has led to what today is one of the most productive cropping regions in Australia. However, little natural vegetation remains, with 57 per cent of the South West Botanic Province (SWBP), more than 80 per cent of the Avon Wheatbelt bioregion and more than 90 per cent of some parts of the Wheatbelt Region cleared. In this highly fragmented agricultural landscape, the remnant vegetation that remains has high conservation value and is mostly on public Crown lands.

The plan covers 728 existing reserves or parcels of land in the department’s Wheatbelt Region. The parks and reserves are at the forefront of the Departments conservation efforts in the Wheatbelt and provide many local environmental, cultural and economic benefits.

You are invited to have your say on how these reserves will be managed into the future.

Submissions close 5 April 2019.