Travel Deals: Lord Howe Island Conservation Offer 2018

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Lord Howe Island’s outstanding universal value is recognised in its World Heritage listing for exceptional diversity of spectacular and scenic landscapes and for its rich biodiversity including many threatened and endemic species found nowhere else in the world.

The island’s small community of 350 people has a long history of successful and ongoing sustainability and conservation programs to protect and enhance the World Heritage values. Sustainability programs include the development of the tourist bed cap of 400 people at any one time, community driven recycling and waste reduction programs and a world class waste management facility that diverts 86% of the islands waste from land fill.

From a conservation and rehabilitation perspective the island has delivered many successful programs over several decades including eradication of feral pigs, cats and goats and recovery of species that were on the brink of extinction such as the Lord Howe Island Woodhen and Lord Howe Island Phasmid – the world’s rarest insect.

 

The island is also 10 years in to a 30 year weed eradication program targeting over 60 invasive weed species and is close to declaring a world first successful eradication of African Big-headed Ants on an oceanic island.

The next positive step is the eradication of rats and mice, with the Rodent Eradication Project (REP) planned for winter 2018. Rodents are significantly impacting Lord Howe Island’s World Heritage values, including impacts to more than 70 species of plants and animals. Eradication of rodents will have significant benefits to the islands biodiversity, threatened species recovery and improve the visitor experience. The $9.5M project will be the single biggest conservation action to date on Lord Howe Island.

THE PROJECT

LHI will be the largest, permanently populated island on which the eradication of rodents has been undertaken to date. The evidence shows that the best long-term solution is to eradicate both rats and mice from the LHI Group in a single eradication operation. However, given the island’s permanent human population, its highly developed tourism industry and its endemic and threatened species, considerable planning has been undertaken to ensure all environmental and human health issues were thoroughly examined during the Planning and Approval stage.

Many methods of eradication have been carefully investigated in order to identify the one most suited to the LHI Group, including a number of different toxins and different means of delivering them, as well as undeveloped and unproven fertility control methods.

Based on a range of data from over 300 successful eradication programmes on islands around the world, the proven and most effective method for LHI is distributing poison baits by three main methods, aerial distribution in the uninhabited mountains and hand broadcasting and using bait stations in the settlement area. The bait, Pestoff 20R®, contains brodifacoum, which has been shown in trials to be highly palatable to both ship rats and house mice.

The REP has received significant funding ($9.5M) in 2012 for planning and implementation from the Federal Government’s former Caring for our Country Program (now National Landcare program) $4,500,000 and the NSW Environmental Trust $4,542,442 with the project set to take place in winter 2018.

GET INVOLVED

Visit Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is one of the most unique places on earth, visit and see it for yourself.

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Eco-tourism participation

There will be a range of participation activities available during the project (14th May – 15th September 2018) . Learn about the project (and meet the biosecurity dogs and a phasmid)

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Volunteer

If you are visiting the project during the eradication (14th May – 15th September) and have any survey skills, get in touch!

Donate

Donate to Protecting Paradise and become part of our conservation team.

NEWS AND UPDATES

February 22, 2018

Community Meeting – Presentation

View the presentation (with Audio) Thank you to everyone who attended the REP Meeting on Thursday evening at the Community Hall. We had some great discussion and questions and hope we had some clear take away information; we look forward to working with you all over the coming months. If you have any further specific questions, please just give us a call on 02 6563 […]
February 19, 2018

REP Project Updates – Weekly Newsletter 2

What is the true cost of stopping the drop? We have covered the benefits of the REP, but if the REP was not to proceed what would the impact be? Would there be any impact at all? Increased Species extinction outlook Almost 66% of recent extinctions and 75% of all recorded terrestrial vertebrate extinctions occurred on islands with most caused […]
February 19, 2018

REP Project Updates – Weekly Newsletter 1

Update on Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Minor Use Permit Process.  The assessment of the new AMPVA application is underway and a decision is expected soon. We have recently been made aware of a misleading extract of a document regarding our original permit application and assessment being circulated in the community. The report titled “The application specific environmental risk […]
February 16, 2018

Impacts of Rodents on Lord Howe Island’s Biodiversity

October 5, 2017

All systems go for Lord Howe Island rat eradication

An historic decision has been made for Australia’s World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, they are going to get rid of the rats.The decision was not taken lightly, it follows years of exhaustive research, environmental impact trials, human health assessments, economic cost and benefit analysis. “The project will be the single biggest conservation action to date to protect and enhance the […]
September 28, 2017

Green Light for Lord Howe Island Restoration Project

A program to restore Lord Howe Island, home to the locally extinct, Critically Endangered Lord Howe Stick Insect has been given the green light. Blog credit: Island Conservation Island Conservation applauds the decision of the Lord Howe Island Board to proceed to the implementation stage of the Rodent Eradication Project that aims to remove all invasive rats and mice from […]
November 28, 2016

Restoring the prestige of an island paradise

Eradicating rodents from Lord Howe Island is expected to avoid seven extinctions over the next 20 years. Photo: Fanny Schertzer – CC BY 2.5 How would you like a 15 to 1 return on your investment? Well, that’s what we’re looking at under a plan to rid Lord Howe Island of rats and mice. Island Conservation’s Dr Ray Nias takes a […]