Prickly Acacia Eradication

pa-busterOur Prickly Acacia eradication program integrates all or part of the projects we currently run: HEAT, PACT, Landcare, Water Quality and Weed Outlier.

HEAT (High-value Environmental Area Targeted investment) protects vegetation communities or species listed under the EPBC, properties that surround National Parks, or for refugia that support species migration and are crucial in a changing climate.  Weeds are a major impact on these areas and Prickly Acacia eradication is an integral part of this program.

The PACT (Positive Action Cluster Team) Program equips landholders to manage NRM issues on a strategic, landscape scale basis.  It is one of the foundations of our Prickly Acacia eradication program.

Weed control has always been part of the Landcare ethic.  Not only have Landcare groups been centrally involved in our Prickly Acacia eradication program, the program has actually catalysed the creation of a new Landcare Group.

Water quality is improved through the removal of Prickly Acacia infestations to allow ground cover and native vegetation to regenerate and stabilise the soil, preventing erosion.

Weed Outlier involves undertaking weed control in strategic outliers, where the weeds have the potential to affect species or communities listed under the EPBC, or where they may affect a Ramsar site or the conservation estate.

The following documents will give you a good feel for where our Prickly Acacia eradication program has come from and what we have achieved in the few short years since mid 2013.thornville

The Road to Eradication – a full history of the program.

Three Years of Unprecedented Success – a shorter history of the program.

Economic and Biodiversity Dividends – a detailed case study on production and biodiversity benefits.

Improving Pasture Productivity – a short case study on production benefits.

Eradicating the Core – a short case study on production and biodiversity benefits.

Eradicating PA the DCQ Way – a short case study on why and how (some figures outdated).

Eradicating the Core – an information sheet on production and biodiversity benefits.

PA and PACTs (DCQ facts) – a factsheet on Prickly Acacia and the DCQ program.

NRM Final Report – the official report to Government on the three year program.