Monsoon Vine Thicket Weeding Guide

Monsoon Vine Thicket Weeding Guide — Broome and the Dampier Peninsula

A weeding guide has been developed to support Aboriginal Ranger groups, community groups and other organisations working in Broome and the Dampier Peninsula to protect and manage the Endangered monsoon vine thicket (MVT). The guide provides these groups with a resource to identify the most commonly occurring weeds in MVT and strategically manage them using an ecologically sensitive method adapted for the North West.

Monsoon vine thickets are a dry rainforest-type ecosystem on the Dampier Peninsula and one of the Kimberley’s most endangered plant communities.  MVTs are culturally important to Aboriginal groups and contain a rich variety of plants, animals and cultural resources including bush fruit, medicines and water sites. Weeds threaten the fragile ecology of MVTs by smothering trees and shrubs, often promoting wildfire and further weed invasion.

The weeding guide provides safety tips and strategies for reducing risks and keeping people and Country safe when doing weed works. Descriptions, invasiveness, seasonality and control methods are detailed for nine of the main weeds encountered in MVT’s including the Neem tree, voted No.1 Kimberley pest in the 2015 Kimberley Weed Forum, and Bellyache Bush, a Weed of National Significance. Mug shots of a further 18 tree, shrub, herb and vine weed species are also provided to enable ready- identification and control.

The ‘Monsoon Vine Thicket Weeding Guide’ was developed by EK’s Kimberley Nature Project with funds from the Australian Government National Landcare Programme and Rangelands NRM WA.

Hard copies are being distributed to working groups and digital copies can be downloaded below.

FINAL MVT Weed Management Guide

For more information contact: knp@environskimberley.org.au

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