Please help stop the spread of dieback which is killing our native vegetation. The South West of WA is one of the world’s one of the world’s jewels in terms of natural heritage, there are over 8,000 plant species half of which occur nowhere else on earth. This makes it a fantastic place to cycle through, however over 40% of these native plant species are susceptible to dieback (Phytophthora cinnamomi) which can be inadvertently transported by human activity. Dieback lives in soil, water and plant material. It attacks roots restricting the uptake of water and nutrients, eventually killing susceptible plants
Removing mud and soil from bikes and footware minimizes the risk of spreading dieback. After scrubbing, spray 70% methylated spirits and allow to dry before moving on. You can make up your own field hygiene kit which should include: brush (e.g. scrubbing brush, pick and brush) and sprayer (e.g. hand sprayer) filled with 70% methylated spirits or approved sterilant. Also avoid riding through puddles as mud sticks!
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