Preparing for Reset Landscape-scale Predator Management

Summary

This Prep4Reset project provides the essential framework for a multi-partner predator management project called “Reset, Rebuild, Restore: resetting the landscape to rebuild livestock production and restore biodiversity and communities” (Full Reset). The Full Reset project will reset the landscape to one of lower wild dog and fox impacts upon fauna, livestock and society. 

Prep4Reset will synthesise research and collect before-control predator, faunal and livestock impact data to enable the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Full Reset project. Prep4Reset also funds crucial networking to generate financial and time co-investment from multiple stakeholders in the Full Reset project. This facilitates the economic and environmental benefits that only integrated landscape-scale management can provide. 

Status

Under development

Objectives

  • Expanded fauna measurement regime around the base 6 sites . 
  • Collated data of extensive wild canid management and response . 
  • Expanded stakeholder network for applied predator control on public and private lands. 
  • Database of necessary predator, livestock and native prey abundance.  
  • Commitments for co-investment to institute Reset through networking and relationship building and maintenance. 
  • A potential platform for other projects.

Project Leader



Dr Paul Meek
Project Team
  • Dr Paul Meek, Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, NSW DPI
  • Dr Peter Fleming, Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, NSW DPI
  • Dr Guy Ballard, Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, NSW DPI
Project Partners
  • New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)
  • New South Wales Local Land Services (NSW LLS)
  • Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
  • Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

Outputs

August 2019 update:

The Prep4Reset project has facilitated a range of collaborations and funding, including a 5-year, $30 million Environmental Trust-funded collaborative predator management project in NSW; “Developing strategies for effective feral cat management.” RESET aims to be a national predator management project, and to this end negotiations are underway with NT, WA, SA, VIC and QLD partners to extend the reach of this project.

Three technical staff positions have been filled, progressing field work and data analysis significantly. Newly-designed camera posts should prevent theft, and restoration of sites damaged by natural disasters is underway. New monitoring sites and GPS collaring for wild dogs is being investigated on the North Coast.

Numerous workshops were presented throughout multiple states and territories. Analyses on dingoes was presented to the Royal Zoological Society forum on The Dingo Dilemma in September 2019. A workshop held in April 2019 substantially advanced the theoretical framework underpinning eradication tools.

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