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Assessing temperature thresholds for germination

Seed germination is a plant trait that can determine colonisation ability for species that rely on seeds for post-disturbance regeneration. It is a high risk phase in a plant’s life cycle and vulnerable to shifts in environmental parameters. Abrupt changes in temperature associated with a changing climate may limit recruitment of obligate seeding species and render them vulnerable to decline and extinction.

Backgound Paper 1: Noongar Background Paper To The South Coast Regional NRM Strategy

This background paper was prepared for first iteration of Southern Prospects in 2004 by Kelly Flugge Indigenous NRM Facilitator
For the South Coast Regional Initiative Planning Team (SCRIPT).

Background Paper 2: Biodiversity Background Paper to the South Coast Regional NRM Strategy

This background paper was prepared in 2004 for the preparation of the South Coast Regional NRM strategy by Alan Danks from the now Department of Parks and Wildlife.

The paper provides an overview of biodiversity values, threats and conservation in the South Coast Region.

Background Paper 3: Fungi Background Paper To The South Coast Regional NRM Strategy

This background paper was prepared for first iteration of Southern Prospects in 2004 by Katrina Syme.

Fungi are globally the second most diverse group of organisms, behind arthropods. (Buchanan & May, 2003) They underpin all life on the planet, yet they are among the least-studied organisms. Fungi are ubiquitous, inhabiting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, including even marine environments, where they interact with plants, animals and insects. The greater number by far is microscopic; those which can be seen with the naked eye are referred to as the macrofungi or more commonly as mushrooms. Macrofungi produce fruiting bodies in a myriad colours, textures and shapes - such as corals, puffballs, earthstars, cup fungi, brackets and truffles. They are further divided into two broad groups - basidiomycetes (including gilled fungi such as mushrooms) and ascomycetes (including cup fungi such as morels), based on the way they produce spores.

Background Paper 4: Water Resources Background Paper To The South Coast Regional NRM Strategy

This background paper was prepared for first iteration of Southern Prospects in 2004 Chris Gunby and Naomi Arrowsmith from Department of Environment with assistance from John Bryant. 

This paper provides an overview of water resources in the South Coast NRM Region. It briefly describes the water resources in the Region, the values of these water resources, the threats to these resources and the way that some of these threats are being managed.

Background Paper 5: Coastal Zone Background Paper To The South Coast Regional NRM Strategy

This background paper was prepared in 2004 for the preparation of the South Coast Regional NRM strategy by Helen Heydenrych, South Coast Regional Coastal and Marine Facilitator. 

This paper provides a brief overview of the coastal environment of the South Coast Region. A general description of major terrestrial geophysical and associated biodiversity values of the coastal environment is presented. Major threats to biodiversity values and some current management practices dealing with these threats are considered.

Background Paper 6: Marine Biodiversity Background Paper To The South Coast Regional NRM Strategy

This background paper was produced in 2004 for the preparation of the South Coast Regional NRM strategy.

This report provides an overview of marine biodiversity and fisheries management within the South Coast bioregion of Western Australia. It also presents information on threatened species and species considered at risk, threats affecting marine species and environments and potential management directions.

Background Paper 7: Natural Resource Management Issues, Risks and Suggested Actions To The South Coast Regional Strategy

This report was prepared in 2004 by the Agricultural Resource Management Program of the Department of Agriculture as a submission to SCRIPT to assist in preparation of the regional strategy. It records the key Natural Resource Management (NRM) issues threatening the agricultural region on the South Coast. The report also details where agricultural activities may be having  significant offsite impacts on environmental and infrastructure assets.

Background Paper 8: Priority Agricultural Land for the South Coast Region of WA

This background paper was produced in 2004 for the preparation of the South Coast Regional NRM strategy.

Background Paper 9: The Natural Patterns and Eco-Zones of the WA South Coast Natural Resource Management Region

This background paper was produced in 2004 by Nathan McQuoid for the preparation of the South Coast Regional NRM strategy.

The South Coast Region of Western Australia has outstanding natural attributes that make it a place of significance on a State, national and international scale. The Region contains some of the most complex bio-physical systems in Australia including: several major geological units, so-called mountains, granite hills, extensive sand plains, climatic extremes, dramatic coastlines, island chains, myriad drainage systems, and accordingly, an immense biological diversity, most easily evident in the terrestrial vegetation.

Building Wildlife Corridors from Forest to Stirlings

This final report outlines work completed through this wildlife corridors project (11SC-C113). Activities included the protection of native vegetation, flora and fauna surveys and engagement with community to improve landscape connectivity in a productive farming environment, with a focus on improving native vegetation condition.

Conservation Conundrum: the population dynamics associated with recent declines of Woylies (Bettongia penicillata) in Australia

The recent plight of the woylie (Bettongia penicillata) presents new challenges for the conservation of the species that was Conservation Dependent and is now seriously threatened. It provides a unique and extremely valuable learning opportunity relevant to conservation biology and species recoveries in general. Similar to many other Australian mammal representatives, the species had a distribution across much of Australia.

Engaging Small Landholders through Community Workshops

This project delivered three workshops to the Torbay community and under-represented areas including 5 Mile Creek, 7 Mile Creek, Goode Beach and Little Grove.

Highlighting the hotspot: A community learning approach to biodiversity education on the South Coast

The South Coast Biodiversity Education Project is developing a learning process to help people, organisations and communities include biodiversity protection in their decision making and actions. Demonstration and documentation of this process will be provided. The South Coast Regional Initiative Planning Team (SCRIPT – now South Coast NRM) is providing Natural Heritage Trust funds to Greening Australia (WA) to undertake the project.

To maximize the project’s benefits to the region’s biodiversity, we envisage most biodiversity education effort being focused towards members of the farming sector, the populations of the small coastal towns (including some significant peri-urban growth areas) and the decision makers involved in the future of these areas.

Improving Knowledge and Skills of South Coast Farmers (Sub-Soil Acidity)

This final report outlines key achievements, evaluation and future recommendations of project 10SC-C80. The project aimed to demonstrate soil acidity best management practice to local farmers by providing back topsoil and subsoil pH information collected on their farms, while providing soil survey data which was used to estimate and benchmark overall NRM region soil pH condition.

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