Department of Conservation and Land Management (Western Australia)

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Department of Conservation and Land Management (Western Australia)
Shoulder badge CALM Western Australia Generic Fleece 2005.JPG
Generic (Western Australia) shoulder patch for Western Australia Department of Conservation and Land Management staff uniform in 2005.
Agency overview
Formed 22 March 1985
Preceding agencies
  • Forests Department
  • National Parks Authority
  • Wildlife section of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Jurisdiction Government of Western Australia
Agency executives
  • Dr Syd SHEA, Executive Director
  • Mr Keiran McNamara †, Executive Director
Child agencies
Website calm.wa.gov.au

The Department of Conservation and Land Management (DCLM, but more often called CALM) was a department of the Government of Western Australia that was responsible for implementing the state's conservation and environment legislation and regulations.

The Department of Conservation and Land Management was responsible from 22 March 1985 to 30 June 2006 for protecting and conserving the State of Western Australia’s environment, this includes managing the State's National Parks, Marine parks, Conservation Parks, State Forests, Timber Reserves and Nature Reserves.

Status (at dissolution, 30 June 2006):[1][edit]

The Department of Parks and Wildlife had management responsibilities in:

  • 97 national parks (5 593 536 ha),
  • conservation parks (843,155 ha),
  • 9 marine parks (1,261,166 ha),
  • 1 marine nature reserve (1 489 461 ha),
  • 2 marine management areas (143,385 ha),
  • nature reserves (10 860 832 ha),
  • state forests (1,304,619 ha),
  • timber reserves (123,344 ha) and
  • other recreational / conservation reserves, freehold and other managed lands (6,200,799 ha).

At 30 June 2006, the total area under CALM’s care was 26,339,492 ha. The land area managed by the Department was about 9.78% of the land area of Western Australia.

CALM-managed lands and waters received 11,842,000 visits during 2005-2006.

Between 1998 and 2006, the number of people registered as volunteers with the Department grew from 836 to 3,882 with 470,600 hours contributed.

Between 2000 and 2006, the CALM Bush Ranger cadets program showed an increase from 800 to 1,215 Bush Ranger cadets that contributed a total of 268,375 hours to conservation projects just on the last scholar year (2005).

CALM was responsible for the wildlife conservation project Western Shield which is pest animal control (more than 3.9 million hectares of conservation reserves and State forests baited for feral animal control).

CALM also managed two of the world’s greatest long distance trails:

  • the Bibbulmun Track for walkers, where the analysis of the data collected from the campsite registers has revealed that:
    • the average length of a walk was 17.5 days,
    • more than 20% of the walkers were from interstate and overseas; and
    • 122 people registered as End to End walkers in 2005-2006.
  • the Munda Biddi Trail for cyclists, where the analysis of the data collected from the campsite registers has revealed that:
    • the average length of a ride was 3.6 days and
    • more than 20% of cyclists are from interstate ad overseas.

An important duty of the Department was to be responsible for bushfire prevention and suppression on its lands as well as fire prevention in unallocated Crown land and unmanaged reserves (89.1 million ha transferred from Department of Land Administration on the 1st July 2003) by:

  • managing fuel loads through prescribed burning (in 2005-2006, the prescribed burning program achieved 194,105 ha in the South-West forest regions, close to the nominal target of 200,000 ha per year and 448,529 ha for all regions)and other means,
  • responding to wildfires (in 2005-2006, 480 wildfires were attended through the State with a total area of 2,687,516 ha) and
  • undertaking research into fire behaviour and effects.

Some of the most severe bushfires that the Department had to help to suppress, in chronological order, have included:

Fire Location Area burned
(1 ha ≈ 2.5 acres)
Date Human fatalities Livestock death/Properties damaged
1997 Perth and SW Region bushfires Western Australia 23,000 ha 2 December 1997 2 (21 injuries) 1 home lost

Preceding agencies[edit]

Earlier forms of Nature conservation in Western Australia were under:[2]

  • Department of Lands and Surveys: 1 January 1890 - (partly split) 31 December 1895
  • Wood and Forests Department: 1 January 1896 – 31 December 1918
  • Forests Department: 1 January 1919 – 21 March 1985
  • State Gardens Board: 15 December 1920 – 30 April 1957 (Parks and Reserves Act 1895)
  • National Parks Board: 1 May 1957 – 30 July 1977
  • Department of Fisheries and Fauna: 1 October 1964 – 31 December 1973
  • National Parks Authority: 1 August 1977 – 15 April 1985 National Parks Authority (National Parks Authority Act 1976)
  • Wildlife section of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife: 1 January 1974 – 21 March 1985 Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

See also[edit]

Vehicles[edit]

The Department maintains and coordinates a range of specialist equipment and emergency response vehicles. This includes pumpers and tankers and other equipment relating to operations involving search and rescue and firefighting.

Uniforms and equipment[edit]

The Department of Conservation and Land Management staffs had a standard khaki shirt and bottle green trousers uniform and appropriate badging was supplied to and worn by staff whose duties include the monitoring of legislative compliance (National Park Rangers, Conservation and Land Management Officers, Forest Officers, Wildlife Officers and Authorised CALM Officers under Bush Fire Act).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Department of Conservation and Land Management 2005–06 Annual Report, Department of Conservation and Land Management, 2006.
  2. ^ Information from the Aeon database at State Records Office of Western Australia
  3. ^ Department of Conservation and Land Management Corporate Style Guide, March 2004