The terrestrial fauna assessment was directed at accumulating sufficient information such that the legislative and policy requirements in relation to fauna conservation can be fully accommodated in the development of the Regional Forest Agreement for the Central Highlands. This involved the collation of all relevant information of the distributional, biological and life history characteristics of species, known threats and current management actions.
Data were gathered from an extensive search of the literature, from existing datasets, from experts and from new information generated by specialist projects. Critical attributes and parameters were developed with the assistance of local and national experts in the field of population ecology. The information collected fell into two groups:
life history attributes population parameters and habitat components; and
responses to disturbance.
The information on life history, population parameters, habitat components, disturbance and response to disturbance is stored in a working database. The database contains much more information than is possible to present in this background report.
The database can be incorporated into a relational system that would be a useful tool for obtaining access to, displaying, modelling and predicting species’ responses to various impacts and disturbances. This would allow appraisal and refinement of management action and be of considerable value in the medium and long-term monitoring of species.
6.1.1 Priority species
The assessment techniques described below were not intended to be applied to all fauna species. Even if this were thought desirable, minimal quantitative data exist for many species, particularly invertebrates. Long-term survival for the majority of taxa is assumed to be effected through the conservation of their habitat by appropriate representation of EVCs in the CAR reserve system. The assessment of terrestrial fauna presented is therefore based largely on an agreed list of priority species found in the Central Highlands whose conservation needs require specific attention. These priority species includes those listed under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act), the Commonwealth Endangered Species Protection Act 1992 (ESP Act) and the Threatened Fauna of Victoria (TFV) list (CNR 1995a). The terrestrial species included are shown in Table 6.1 with conservation status, the existence of Action Statements (for species listed on the FFG Act) and Recovery Plans (for species listed on the ESP Act), and whether the species is secure on other listings. As noted in Section 5.2.5, the existence of action statements or recovery plans does not imply that all recommended management actions have been implemented.
Other listings include the threatened species lists or legislated lists of all States and Territories, other than Victoria, where the species occur. Where species are not listed as threatened, rare, insufficiently known or restricted in these States/Territories they are indicated as secure.
Table 6.1: Terrestrial fauna species included in the assessment.