Fortescue River Corridor

The Fortescue River catchment in Western Australia’s Pilbara region is the focus of a six-year project funded by the Federal government’s Biodiversity Fund to protect and improve existing native vegetation and manage threats to biodiversity.

Rangelands NRM WA manages the $5.7M grant by working in partnership with Greening Australia WA and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife(DPaW) to engage with pastoral, Indigenous, mining and conservation land managers in the region which continues to rapidly develop.

Map of the Pilbara region

Also known as the Pilbara Corridors ‘Project’, the Fortescue River Corridor is a coordinated approach to address biodiversity threats on a landscape scale in the Pilbara.

The Australian Department of the Environment (DoE) has recognised that no one agency or organisation has the physical and financial resources to support large-scale, land management projects on its own.  Pilbara Corridors provides the governance and infrastructure to promote and nurture a collaborative approach for all stakeholders to realise environmental and socio-economic benefits for the Pilbara.

The Fortescue River Corridor brings together expertise, passion and support from a broad cross section of stakeholders in the region:

  • Federal Government (DoE, ICC, CSIRO);
  • State Government (DPaW, DMP, DoW, DAFWA, DFES, DAA);
  • Local Government (City of Karratha);
  • NGOs (Rangelands NRM, Greening Australia, Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee, Regional Biosecurity Groups);
  • Industry Associations (CMEWA);
  • Pastoralists;
  • Aboriginal Corporations;
  • Local community groups (Pilbara Reference Group).