ENVIRONMENTAL WEEDS ACTION NETWORK (WA)
EWAN received funding through the Natural Heritage Trust in July 1998 to employ a project officer with the intention of supporting community groups by providing on- ground planning and to advise on implementation and monitoring of their weed control and bush regeneration efforts on the Swan Coastal Plain.
The EWAN 'manual', Bushland Weeds - A practical guide to their management resulted from this five year project, and was the culmination of the efforts of Kate Brown and Kris Brooks who were employed and supported by the dedicated EWAN project team and the participating community groups.
The manual's Introduction states that … "The aim of the manual is firstly to bring together information on the biology and known control methods for the serious weeds of bushlands of the Swan Coastal Plain and Jarrah Forest. Secondly, it is to illustrate, with examples and case studies, how this sort of information can be used to manage weeds in the context of particular sites".
Since its publication in 2002 two thousand copies of Bushland Weeds have been distributed and the information provided in them has made a significant contribution to the knowledge and professionalism of those working in bushland management both within Western Australia and the wider Australian community. Bushland Weeds is now (June 2008) out of print and EWAN is grateful that the original lists of weed species and corresponding control methods have been taken up by the WA State Department of Environment and Conservation for both display on their website and for updating with current methods as they arise.
A pdf of Bushland Weeds (the Manual) is available for anyone requiring this valuable information to assist them in the War on Weeds.