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About the document
Western Australia has a rich and diverse native flora, that is internationally renowned. The conservation of this flora is a major undertaking in the State, with the recognition of the south west region being one of the top 34 world biodiversity hotspots highlighting the importance of this conservation work. The commercial harvesting of native flora is a significant industry in Western Australia, especially in the south west, and its management is an important part of the flora conservation activities in the State.
The sustainable field harvesting of native flora is a key mechanism through which we can help to ensure the long term retention of native flora by providing a clear economic value to the flora's habitat. This value is attributed through harvesting on both private and public (Crown) lands and occurs outside the core nature conservation reserve system. Harvesting on both public and private land helps to provide financial and management incentives to landholders to value and conserve the State's flora.