Kings Park scientists have marked World Biodiversity Day (22 May 2017) with the launch of a new book to lead restoration of Perth’s threatened Banksia woodlands.
'Banksia woodlands: A restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain' is a practical guide based on 22 years of scientific research conducted through a government-industry partnership between Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Hanson Construction Materials (formerly Rocla Quarry Products).
WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson launched the book and said it was highly appropriate that it be launched on World Biodiversity Day.
‘Banksia woodlands are home to 29 threatened plant and animal species, and many of its plant species do not grow naturally anywhere else on Earth,’ he said. ‘Active conservation and restoration is essential if we are to ensure the unique biodiversity of the Swan Coastal Plain is retained for future generations, and this book provides the guidance to achieve this.’
The book is aimed at everyday practitioners including local land managers, the mining and urban development industries, environmental consultants and non-government organisations and community groups involved in restoration and conservation programs.
It presents leading science knowledge in a practical format to help restore Banksia woodlands, including management techniques for bushland in Kings Park and Bold Park, with the ability to undertake restoration from scratch if necessary.
Although focused on Banksia woodlands, the book synthesises Kings Park’s applied science approach to restoring many areas around the State (in collaboration with other industry partners) and internationally.
The investment in this research program has been significant, and has demonstrated that long-term collaborative programs between government and the private sector are vital to develop the complex solutions required for delivering biodiversity conservation.
Two thirds of Banksia woodlands have been lost on the Swan Coastal Plain. Banksia woodlands are home to more than 1,100 plant species including 20 rare and endangered species.
'Banksia woodlands: A restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain' is co-edited by Western Australian scientists Jason Stevens, Deanna Rokich, Vernon Newton, Russell Barrett, and Kingsley Dixon and is published by UWA Press. It is for sale at Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop and other good bookstores.