Regionally significant habitat protection, prioritised flora and fauna species, wetlands of national significance and building community capacity are priorities across the Gascoyne.
The Gascoyne program aims to protect priority flora, fauna and aquatic ecosystems by implementing a co-ordinate approach to fire management, controlling feral animals, Weeds of National Significance and containing new and emerging weed species. Pastoral land managers are critical to the management of these priority areas as are and Government agencies who are working in close collaboration with traditional owner groups.
Assets included in the Priority Areas
The Gascoyne catchments have the potential to impact Lake McLeod (a High Conservation Aquatic Ecosystem) the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area (one of the longest near-shore reef systems in the world), and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area (a colourful and diverse landscape, home to many endemic species including living stromatolite fossils).
Current priority areas for the Gascoyne include the upper Lyons and Gascoyne River Catchments, the Gascoyne River mouth and Lorna Glen/Eraheedy. Working in the upper catchments of these two river systems will improve water quality which in turn will help to reduce impacts on the Ningaloo Coast and Shark Bay World Heritage Areas. The Gascoyne River mouth encompasses bird refugia and watching areas, fish habitat, and filtration for water entering into the World Heritage Areas and seagrass beds at Wooramel. Lorna Glen/Eraheedy and the surrounding area is known for its unique biodiversity values.
Highly productive land systems are a priority for investment and management across the Gascoyne, independent of the identified priority areas.