Natural Resources Management is all about protecting and maintaining the indigenous landscape. The introduction of plants and animals in areas where they do not occur naturally has had major impacts on the South East landscape. Pest plants and animals reduce effective land management, disturb the balance of native ecosystems and are economically burdensome. A wide range of pests are already established in the South East. A number of new incursions are currently being eradicated and others are yet to arrive.
Prevention and containment of pest plants and pest animals is an essential ingredient in the continued work necessary to maintain and enhance our natural resources. The SE NRM Board has a detailed management framework for ensuring the protection of agriculture, the environment and public safety form the impacts of pest plants and animals. Collaborative efforts to strategically reduce pest animals, and pest plants in our area will prove most successful. The network of Authorised Officers located across the region is a critical component in ensuring early detection of and rapid response to pest incursions.
The NRM Act lists a range of pest plant and animals as declared species and provides significant powers to the SENRMB to ensure effective control of the important pests in the region. Under the Act, landholders are responsible for the control of pest plants and animals on their properties. This includes both private and public land managers. A cooperative effort between all landholders is the most effective way to ensure proper control of pest species. Such collaboration pools resources to have the greatest chance of successful reducing the pest population in question. A good example of this, is group fox baiting which ensures effective control by covering a much greater area of land.
The SE NRM Board partners in pest control include :
- private land managers
- Dept Environment and Heritage (DEH)
- Dept of Water Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC)
- Lucerne Australia
- Animal Control technologies
- Rural Solutions SA.