No WRP have been recorded in the Porongurup National Park since the 2007 bushﬁre, and the status of this population is unknown. Similarly, very few sightings have been recorded in the region between the upper Kalgan River and Mt Manypeaks (Gilﬁllan, 2008) - an area which would serve as a corridor between Porongurup and coastal populations. The 2008 survey, 'Phase 1', identiﬁed that there are still signiﬁcant deﬁciencies in our knowledge of the WRP in the Greater Albany Area, and further investigations are required to obtain baseline data to base management decisions on. The Western Ringtail Possum Recovery Plan notes that the critical habitat for the WRP is diverse, and not well understood, with the identiﬁcation of this habitat being listed as a criteria of success for the Recovery Plan, and the WRP has been identiﬁed as a species for conservation actions in the Manypeaks Conservation Action Plan.
This project aims to determine the presence (or absence) of WRP within the Porongurup NP, and the area between the upper Kalgan River and Mt Manypeaks through systematic surveys, community outreach and input. Further aims include identifying the habitat types WRP's are observed in, as well as how they are using that habitat (e.g. feeding, 'nesting').