Responding to need

Candle Bush (Senna alata) has been found on the banks of the Russell River for the very first time. Growing on a stand of Glush Weed, control priorities have been adjusted to take account of this new threat to the sensitive Alexandra Palm Forest that is downstream in the Russell River National Park (WHA). Candle Bush control is amongst this year’s priorities to prevent it becoming widespread across the catchment. Liking the wet conditions of the Russell, this tree from Central and South America is already becoming naturalized in Kununurra Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Jaragun is using a range of control methods to reduce Candle Bush, from hand pulling, cut stump, basal bark to stem injection. Jaragun has enlisted the help of the community to assist its survey across the catchment.