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History of Desert Road Invasive Legume Control Group

The group was formed in response to widespread concern about the increasing amount of broom in the unique and fragile ecosystem of the central plateau. Initially the various parties met to discuss what could be done to tackle a problem that is not only across the vast landscape but across different land tenure and therefore different responsible agencies. A Memorandum of Understanding was created to define the scope and expectations for the parties involved. This then led to prioritised control operations and joint or aligned programmes. The group also used the expertise in Landcare Research to not only guide the formation of the project but also to produce distribution maps of the three target pests. By establishing the extent and location of the current infestation the group was able to plan operations effectively to target the most at risk sites first, and have an historical infestation record to measure success during and at the completion of the allotted time.

We plan to create signage to alert the public to the project and establish a link to the group via NatureWatch to allow others to supply location information on the target pests.The group is also aware of the pathway dispersal mechanism these plants can utilize. Tracks, roads, tanks and even livestock are all capable of providing an easy route or ride for these species and these are going to be targeted as well.

So far the organisations have collectively sprayed a large amount of the gorse and broom. Control will be monitored and infestations deliminated to ensure we are spending our energy most effectively.