Policies & Codes
What is "Dieback"?
Dieback is an exotic disease of our forests affecting
over 900 species of native plants including banksias, blackboys, zamia
palms, snottygobbles, emu bushes, sheoaks, hakeas, dryandras, heaths
The term dieback refers to a suite of soil-
and water-borne fungal diseases that is associated with damping-off
in seedlings, various Phytophthora spp, Pythium (also a chromist)
and Fusarium (a true fungus).
As the fungus thrives in warm, moist conditions the south
coast is particularly at risk. Some of the more susceptible plants are
rare, endangered or restricted in distribution.
Dieback is not just a problem for native plants; it is
also having a detrimental effect on nectar-eating creatures (e.g. honey
possums and honeyeaters). It may take from 3 to 10 years before visible
signs of the disease (e.g. dead leaves) develop.
& Bushwalking Brochure by Dr. Jac Considine.
Dieback Code of Conduct
By following this Code, participant Bushwalking WA members
will minimise the impact of their activities on the resource that
provides us with so much pleasure.
Please adopt the following practices when venturing into
dieback affected areas:
- Keep to well-drained, well-formed roads and tracks
- Clean boots and tent pegs before and after all walks
and making full use of dieback wash down points and raised boardwalks
where available e.g., Fitzgerald River National Park.
- Take heed of signs alerting of the presence of dieback
- Leaders to contact the local Park Ranger for up-to-date
local knowledge and redirect the walk to keep out of, or go around,
dieback infected areas.
- Avoid wet and muddy areas at all times. Be prepared
to change the route of the walk during or after warm, wet weather.
If muddy areas cannot be avoided, remove the mud from your boots before
moving onto dry or higher ground.
- Ensure that drivers of vehicles taken onto roads with
restricted access due to the risk of dieback are in possession of
a current vehicle access permit and that all restrictions that may
be imposed are adhered to.
here to download the Dieback Code of
For further information on dieback, visit the Dieback
Working Group at http://www.dwg.org.au.
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