King Island Natural Resource Management

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Current Projects

King Island Natural Resource Management Group (KINRM) undertakes a number of projects each year, as funds and human resources allow - see the following list.

  • Currie Wharf Bush Restoration Project The area is a great example of King Island coastal bushland, including peaceful gullies and lookout spots. It was overrun by weeds and most of it is very difficult to access, but plantings and natural regeneration are turning this area into a trhiving, diverse coastal habitat. Field days will be held regularly through 2020 with funding from the Australian Government Communities Environment Program.
  • Wings on King - monitoring the birds of King Island project - coordinates island wide standarised surveys at over 50 sites every April and October. Launched in April, 2017, the Wings on Wing Project invites bird enthusiasts to visit King Island and help gather data from established survey sites. This is a wonderful example of citizen science, supported by a strong team of ornithologists and ecologists.
  • Threatened Birds Recovery Plan for King Island Scrubtit  and King Island Brown Thornbill - BirdLife Australia's Preventing Extinctions Program formed a Recovery Team in 2019 with members from all stakeholders including the KINRMG. This group is developing a Conservation Action Plan for both species, King Island Scrubtit (Acanthornis magnus greenianus) and King Island Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza apical Archibaldi). Meanwhile, extensive searches to ascertain the abundance and distribution of both species are underway. For more information please goto the Birds of King Island website.
  • Inkweed Eradication - (Phytolacca octandra). Inkweed has been found on King Island around Fraser Road, North Pegarah and Pegarah Forest. This is a NEW INCURSION on King Island, the only known location in Tasmania. The King Island Natural Resource Management Group has funding to start an Inkweed control program to eradicate this weed from King Island.
  • Rehabilitation of the Lower reaches of Porky Creek. Originally funded through Tasmanian Landcare Association grants 2011-2012, this project has had a great deal of volunteer input. The project includes: initial clearing of boxthorn and other weeds; planting native trees; seedling maintenance; on-going weed follow-up by KINRM Weed Crew and adjoining landowner.
     
  • KINRM liaises with King Island Council, DPIPWE (especially Biosecurity and Parks and Wiildlife) to promote management of weeds, feral cats, deer, and wallaby.
  • KINRM promotes Landcare and sustainable agriculture to farmers and land managers on King Island. Until June 2018 KINRM employed a Regional Landcare Facilitator but this position is no longer funded.
    The Cradle Coast Authority NRM Sustainable Agriculture team works to protect and improve our productive landscapes by ensuring a sustainable balance between economic, environmental and social values. They frequently offer training and networking opportunities for landholders, and occasionally have funding available for special projects.
  • KINRM Strategy Plan 2010 - 2020 is due for update, but the process awaits funding opportunities.