RECOVERY TEAM ANNUAL REPORT
THREATENED SPECIES AND/OR COMMUNITIES RECOVERY TEAM
Geraldton District Threatened Flora and Communities Recovery Team
Calendar year 2009
David Rose, District Manager
2. Exec Officer
Alanna Chant Conservation
Officer (Flora) Geraldton
Mingenew-Dongara Herbarium Group
Mullewa Wildflower Society
Species and Communities
(Andrew Brown, Jill Pryde)
Westnet Rail (not an official member but attends regularly)
Jenna Brooker (previously
represented by Irene Shepard)
Geraldton Regional Herbarium
Dates meetings were held
No recovery team meetings were held during the period of this annual report due
to a change in the Flora Conservation Officer position mid year. For the second
half of 2009 the Flora Conservation Officer position has been filled in a part-time
One to two paragraph
summary of achievements
suitable for WATSNU
A trial to induce recruitment at a population of Stylidium amibile was conducted
during winter 2009. The trial was monitored in late 2009 and a total of 425 new
recruits were recorded, with the majority in burnt plots and several in one smoked
plot. Monitoring following an exceptionally dry summer indicated a 44% survival
New seedlings of Verticordia spicata subsp. squamosa were planted out into an
existing translocation site, which was the fourth round of planting for this
translocation site since 2002. The most recent monitoring data for this site indicates
a survival rate of approximately 45% over an 8 year period.
Extensive survey and location of many new populations of Eucalyptus blaxellii
during 2008 was followed by a nomination for this species to be removed from the
threatened flora list in 2009 and the species has now been downgraded to P4.
Extensive survey was carried out for several priority flora in 2008 with some follow
up in 2009, of flora which were thought to be at a high risk of extinction in the short
term. Nominations for threatened flora listing were prepared for three of these
priority flora and one was submitted to the scientific committee for assessment
List of actions undertaken by Recovery Team
Survey and Monitoring
54 populations of 25 different DRF were monitored during 2009 and 22 new populations of 11 different DRF were
surveyed including: Acacia imitans 5 populations, Caladenia hoffmanii 1 population , Chorizema humile 1
populaton, Conostylis micrantha 1 population, Drakaea concolor 1 population, Glyceria drummondii 3 sub
populations, Grevillea bracteosa subsp howatharra 1 population and 1 sub-population, Hybanthus cymulosus 3
populations, Leucopogon marginatus 4 populations and Stachystemon nematophorus 2 populations.
Numerous priority flora populations were surveyed including the following taxa: Lasiopetalum oppositifolium
P3, Acanthocarpus parviflorus P3, Lechenaultia longiloba P4, Chamelaucium marchantii P2, Lepidosperma
rupestre P4, Melaleuca oldfieldii P2, Hemigenia pimelifolia P2, Chamelaucium sp. Canna P1, Calytrix
harvestiana P2, Keraudrenia saxatilis P2, Grevillea annulifera P3, Beyeria gardneri P3 , Verticordia polytricha
P4, Grevillea granulosa P3, Eremophila sp. Tallering P1, Baeckea sp Walkaway P3, Banksia scabrella P4,
sp. Gunyidi P2, Lasipetalum oldfieldii
P3, Verticordia densiflora
P3 and Eremophila brevifolia
Liaison has continued to take place with land holders and land managers in relation to DRF and priority flora
populations which have been surveyed during 2009.
The Geraldton Regional Herbarium group, TAFE Land Management students and other interested individuals
have continued to participate actively in implementation of recovery actions.
Monitoring of post disturbance recovery has continued for Grevillea bracteosa subsp. Howatharra, Gyrostemon
reticulatus and was initiated for Stylidium amibile.
Necessary Operations Flora Surveys
Various flora surveys were carried out for the purpose of Necessary Operations approval and resulted in the
recording of numerous new priority flora populations and several DRF; including the following DEC managed
Kalbarri National Park Z Bend walk trail.
Kalbarri National Park 6 resource pits for rehabilitation.
Bowgada Nature Reserve resource pit rehabilitation.
Burma Road Nature Reserve fire break.
Geraldton District Reserve C33799, proposed rezoning.
Francois Peron National Park, new feral animal barrier fence alignment.
Karara Midwest tenement proposed reserve inspection.
Assessment of progress
towards meeting criteria
for success (from Recovery
At present there are approximately 20 IRPs for threatened flora species and 4 IRPs
for TECs which apply to the Geraldton District. Some of these are now outside the
term of the plan however the information relating to threats and recovery actions is
often still relevant and therefore actions are ongoing.
For each plan the criteria for the successful recovery of the species or community
are usually as follows: Criteria for success: The numbers of individuals within
populations and/or the number of populations has increased.
As the implementation of IRPs is long term it is not possible to quantify their success
on an annual basis, however an increases in the number of individuals or known
populations during 2009 has been recorded for the following DRF for which IRPs
have been prepared: Acacia imitans, Chorizema humile, Consotylis micrantha,
subsp. Howatharra, Hybanthus cymulosus
for failure (from Recovery
Assessment against criteria
For each plan the criteria for failure for the species or community is usually as
Criteria for failure: The numbers of individuals within populations and/or
the number of populations have decreased.
Similarly to the criteria for success, the failure in the recovery of a DRF is generally a
long term process; however a decrease in number of populations or individuals has
been recorded in the following DRF for which IRPs have been prepared: Grevillea
and Verticordia spicata