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Conservation Action Planning: Managing the Future of the Great Western Woodlands


The Wilderness Society is using CAP for the Great Western Woodlands. This exciting initiative aims to pull together all the available knowledge to create a holistic plan for the region. This ‘scientific’ knowledge comes from not only scientists, but also Traditional Owners, Pastoralists, Scientists, and land managers including mining companies.

Conservation Action Planning (‘CAP’) is a management tool that has been designed for planning, implementing and measuring success for conservation projects. This revolutionary management tool has been developed by The Nature Conservancy and is now applied by many Government agencies, environment NGOs and land managers around the world to better manage and protect important landscapes including wilderness areas.

A process typically involves; Defining ecological ’targets’ or most critical values, Identifying and rating current and future threats to these targets, and, Developing management and monitoring programmes based on these targets

A two day workshop in Ravensthorpe (11-12th May) saw the second CAP workshop be completed. It brought together people who have had long history with the area and collectively a profound knowledge base including Paula Deegan (University of Queensland), Angela Sanders (GondwanaLink), Natalie Holland (The Nature Conservancy), Amanda Keesing (Gondwana Link), James Fitzsimons (The Nature Conservancy), Andy Chapman (Friends of Fitzgerald National Park) and Keith Bradby (Gondwana Link).

This workshop focused on identifying key ecological targets within the Woodlands.  This is an iterative planning process and these draft targets will be presented to a range of stakeholders across the region at upcoming workshops.

We believe it is fantastic to be developing a plan that will ensure comprehensive, across-tenure management in the largest remaining intact temperate woodland and shrubland on Earth. Improved management will address current threats including inappropriate fire regimes, feral plants and animals, climate change and ecosystem fragmentation.

The third CAP session will be happening soon and the Wilderness Society is hoping to involve people from Department of Environment and Conservation, mining companies operating in the region and Traditional Owners of the region.

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How you can help protect WA’s global treasure

You can help to ensure the protection of this internationally significant region and keep the Great Western Woodlands high on the government’s agenda.

1. Click here  to send a letter to our new Environment Minister Donna Faragher – to let our government know that community is calling for protection of the Great Western Woodlands.

2. Write your own letter to the Environment Minister - Tips on writing your own letter here >>

Writing your own letter does have added impact so if you feel confident enough and have the time it can help more. Send your letter to;

Hon. Donna Faragher MLC
Minister for the Environment and Youth
10th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street
West Perth WA 6005
Or email;

Write your own letter to your local member of parliament - to find out which electorate you are in.
Click here for details >>

To find out the contact details for your local member, click here >>

4. Join the email update list, ‘Friends of the Great Western Woodlands
Keep up-to-date and receive an email update once every few months. This means we can let you know any important campaign news events, actions and information. Education is the key, so please take the time to tell your friends and family about the significance of this amazing region.