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Guide to woodlands launched
Guide to woodlands launched

A new guide to the Great Western Woodlands was launched by the Minister for the Environment Bill Marmion in Kalgoorlie-Boulder yesterday.

The guide, published by the Department of Environment and Conservation, reveals the history, culture and natural values of the woodlands. It is regarded as the biggest remaining Mediterranean-climate woodland on Earth.

Mr Marmion said the release of the guide marked a new chapter of conservation for Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

“Kalgoorlie has historically been known as a mining town, with a lot of trees previously being cut down to make way for the mines,” Mr Marmion said.

“It has a reputation that the environment hasn’t been looked after, which isn’t the case.”

Mr Marmion said this launch was part of the State Government’s $3.8 million commitment in the 2008 election to manage and protect the Great Western Woodlands.