Fitzgerald biosphere recovery plan



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8.2 Management Practices

Management practices are broad guidelines or strategies that are not specific actions for the recovery of the threatened and priority species and ecological communities in the Fitzgerald Biosphere which also contribute to the long-term conservation of these species and communities in the Biosphere.





Threatening Processes & Key Planning Documents

Management Practices and Strategies

General

  • South Coast Regional Strategy for NRM 2004-2009 (SCRIPT 2005)

  • South Coast Region DEC Nature Conservation Service Plan 2009-2014

  • Fitzgerald River National Park Management Plan 1991-2001 (Moore et al. 1991)

  • South Coast Threatened Species and Ecological Communities Strategic Management Plan (Gilfillan et al. 2009b)

  • Catchment management plans

Fire Regimes

  • South Coast Regional Management Plan 2009-2014 (DEC 2009)

  • FRNP Fire Management Strategy Paper (Action 18)

  1. Fire management in the Fitzgerald Biosphere should aim to create and maintain a spatial mosaic of fuel ages with inter-fire periods sufficient to maintain species richness and biodiversity (Barrett et al. 2009).

  1. Threatened and priority species and ecological communities requirements should be considered in all fire management planning for the Fitzgerald Biosphere, including:

  • the location of habitat critical for threatened species/communities,

  • patch size for the habitat requirements of threatened species/communities,

  • inter-fire periods to sustain population viability

  • connectivity of vegetation communities, and

  • the habitat value of long unburnt vegetation.

  1. Phytophthora cinnamomi hygiene must be implemented as a high priority during all fire management operations in the Fitzgerald Biosphere.

  1. To achieve the objectives of DEC fire policy 19, an Environmental Officer should be involved in incident management teams for all DEC and FESA/LGA managed fires to ensure that potential impacts of fire suppression actions on threatened and priority species and ecological communities are considered.

  1. Pre-fire suppression activities must be implemented in response to landscape unit characteristics and conservation requirements.

Phythophthora cinnamomi

  • Phytophthora Dieback Management Plan for the South Coast Region 2008-2015 (South Coast NRM Inc 2009b)

  • Managing External Dieback Threats to the Fitzgerald River National Park (South Coast NRM 2009)

  • Bell Track Response Plan

  1. Implement the strict Phytophthora cinnamomi hygiene protocols for the FRNP as detailed in the Parks 1991-2001 Management Plan (Moore et al. 1991) and any subsequent revisions to prevent further spread into currently uninfested areas.

  1. Implement the ‘Managing External Dieback Threats to the Fitzgerald River National Park’ (South Coast NRM 2009) recommended actions across the Biosphere where feasible.

  1. Ensure Phytophthora cinnamomi hygiene protocols are strictly implemented for road maintenance and other earth moving projects in the Fitzgerald Biosphere.

  1. Continue to require all individuals working in or conducting research on DEC managed estate to undertake an environmental ‘Green Card Induction’ from DEC South Coast Region to ensure awareness of the regional biodiversity assets and how to manage risks to these (in particular Phytophthora dieback hygiene procedures).

Weeds

  1. Encourage community groups and land managers to conduct weed control in remnant vegetation.

Loss and Fragmentation of Habitat

  • Living with the Land: Guidelines for the Fitz-Stirling (Sanders 2008)

  • The Western Australian South Coast Macro Corridor Network (Wilkins et al. 2006)

  1. Ensure pre-development and Environmental Impact Statement surveys are conducted using appropriate expertise and survey methods.

  1. Promote off-reserve conservation programs (e.g. conservation covenants, Land for Wildlife) and the development of further mechanisms, such as environmental stewardship programs.

  1. Encourage sustainable agricultural practices that minimise threatening processes impacting on remnant vegetation, particularly areas that are habitat critical.

  1. Liaise with LGA’s to develop strategies and policies that manage the impacts of domestic cats.

Salinisation


  1. Salinisation management planning across the Biosphere should include consideration of biodiversity conservation.

Climate Change

  • Climate Change: Whole of Landscape Analysis of the Impacts and Options for the South Coast Region (South Coast NRM Inc 2009a)

  1. Build the resilience of populations of threatened and priority species and ecological communities of the Fitzgerald Biosphere to allow them to adapt as best they can to an altering climate through improving landscape connectivity, maximizing population viability, and reducing the impact of other threatening processes (Gilfillan et al. 2009b).



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