Fitzgerald biosphere recovery plan


Implementation of the Plan



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7.3 Implementation of the Plan


The implementation of this Plan will be overseen by a ‘South Coast Regional Recovery Team’ which will be established to oversee the implementation of the South Coast Regional Strategic Management Plan, this Plan for the Fitzgerald Biosphere and future such plans for other priority areas in the South Coast. This recovery team will consist of a cross-section of stakeholders.
This Plan does not provide costing for the recovery actions, as it is not practicable to determine meaningful costings for the wide scope of the actions. The implementation of the actions will be subject to the availability of funding. Where actions refer to lands other than those managed by DEC, permission has been or will be sought from the managers prior to the recovery actions being undertaken.

Guide for Implementation of this Plan


Each of the Landscape Units of the Fitzgerald Biosphere (Section 2.4) responds differently to threatening processes and management practices due to differences in their physical characteristics. When implementing actions from this Recovery Plan, these characteristics of the Landscape Units should be taken into account.

7.4 Evaluation of the Plan


This Plan will be implemented over a ten-year period and subject to a review after five years. DEC, in conjunction with the South Coast Regional Recovery Team will regularly evaluate the performance of this Recovery Plan against the performance criteria.

8 Recovery Actions and Management Practices

The recovery actions and management practices of this Plan will be implemented within an adaptive management framework, with monitoring and research results being used to assess the success of, and improve, the actions.



8.1 Recovery Actions


The following recovery actions provide for the management and research necessary to support the recovery of the threatened species and ecological communities in the Fitzgerald Biosphere over the next 10 years. Although these actions have a threatened species focus, all the actions have been developed to also support the conservation of the region’s biodiversity.
These recovery actions are presented in six broad categories: coordination and planning, community appreciation and participation, abatement of threatening processes, monitoring and survey, translocations and ex-situ conservation, and research.
A scale (e.g. Biosphere Region, Specific threatened species) and priority is included for each action. The specific threatened species or ecological community that each of these actions is relevant for is summarised in Appendix 7.

Coordination and Planning





Actions

Scale and Priority

  1. Establish the South Coast Threatened Species and Ecological Communities Regional Recovery Team (as recommended in the South Coast Regional Strategic Management Plan (Gilfillan et al. 2009b)). In relation to this Plan, the Team will be responsible for:

  • Coordination, prioritisation and implementation of this Plan.

  • Planning investment and seeking funding opportunities.

  • Facilitate links between Regional Recovery Team and single and multi-species recovery teams

  • Liaise with other stakeholders.

  • Review the progress and outcomes of implementation of this Plan.

  • Develop and support partnerships between departments, agencies, community groups and other stakeholders to encourage coordinated cross-tenure management for threatened species recovery.

  • Review any plans relevant to threatened species and ecological communities in the Fitzgerald Biosphere.

South Coast Region, High priority

  1. Investigate the practicality, and implement if feasible, the use of an conservation management planning software such as Miradi (CMP 2009) to improve implementation of threatened species and ecological communities recovery in the Fitzgerald Biosphere and facilitate adaptive management.

Region, Medium priority

  1. Identify threatened species or ecological communities that are endemic or have significant populations in the Biosphere that may require an individual State recovery plan and prepare the plan if required.

Specific, Medium priority

  1. Collate threatened species and ecological communities data and input into DEC’s Threatened fauna, flora and ecological communities databases. DEC to liaise with other departments, NRM organisations and community groups to gain access to any relevant spatial data.

Region, High priority

  1. Validate all current spatial data and regularly input new spatial data for the Fitzgerald Biosphere into DEC’s Threatened fauna, flora and ecological communities database.

Region, High priority

  1. Undertake a review of proposed reserves in the Biosphere and progress the formal creation of these reserves where appropriate, in particular in areas that contain habitat critical for threatened species and ecological communities.

Proposed reserves, Medium priority


Community Appreciation and Participation





Actions

Scale and Priority

  1. Collaborate with community education initiatives to promote awareness of the threatened species and ecological communities of the Biosphere, with particular focus on schools, Indigenous groups and visitors to the region and land managers.

Region, Medium priority

  1. Collaborate with community education initiatives to promote awareness of Phytophthora cinnamomi hygiene protocols and the importance of preventing its introduction and spread, with particular focus on land managers, council workers, researchers, tourists and recreational users.

Region, High priority

  1. Include information on threatened species and ecological communities and the importance of Phytophthora cinnamomi hygiene into visitor interpretation in FRNP.

FRNP, High priority

  1. Collaborate with local visitor resource centres to include information on threatened species and ecological communities and the importance of Phytophthora cinnamomi hygiene into visitor interpretation in Ravensthorpe Range.

Ravensthorpe Range, High priority

  1. Continue to formally notify land managers of the presence of a threatened species or ecological community on their land, their associated legal obligations and advice on how to manage for this species or community.

Specific, Medium priority

  1. Provide on-ground advice to land managers and community groups on threatened species management and threat abatement (e.g. weed management, fox and cat control, etc).

Region, Medium priority

  1. Provide advice to land managers to develop and implement fire management plans for the protection of habitat critical for threatened and priority species and ecological communities.

Region, Low priority

  1. Encourage reporting of road kills and sightings DEC of threatened species through actions 11 -13.

Region, Medium priority

  1. Encourage community group and volunteer involvement in threatened species recovery or threat abatement programs.

Region, Medium priority

  1. Encourage the inclusion of Noongar culture in threatened species recovery, threat abatement and education programs. Where possible, build on existing programs or networks (e.g. South Coast NRM Restoring Connections).

Region, Medium priority

Abatement of Threatening Processes





Actions

Scale and Priority

  1. Update the analysis of threatening processes risks for the threatened species and ecological community of the Fitzgerald Biosphere using Miradi (Section 5) as new data becomes available. Complete the Miradi analysis for the priority species and ecological communities.

Region, Low priority

  1. Provide input into the Fitzgerald River National Park Fire Management Strategy Paper regarding the fire regime requirements of the threatened and priority species and ecological communities (Action 45). Undertake annual reviews of this strategy paper.

FRNP, High priority

  1. Ensure up-to-date GIS spatial data of threatened and priority species and ecological communities and their habitat critical is available to Incident Management Teams in the event of a bushfire.

Region, High priority

  1. Undertake a risk assessment of Phytophthora cinnamomi introduction or further spread through human activity across the Biosphere, in particular relating to habitat critical. Use these results to inform actions and management.

Region, High priority

  1. Install or upgrade, and maintain hygiene infrastructure at key locations across the Fitzgerald Biosphere.

Region, High priority

  1. Regularly survey and mapping of the extent of Phytophthora sp. across the Biosphere.

Region, High priority

  1. Continue to trial and implement containment and eradication methods for Phytophthora cinnamomi infestations at known infestations within the FRNP.

FRNP, High priority

  1. Continue and expand the Western Shield fox baiting program so that all habitat critical on conservation land for threatened fauna is included.

Region, High priority

  1. Continue the Integrated Fauna Recovery Program to trial the use of Eradicat™ baits for cat control, with a focus on Western Ground Parrot habitat critical. Include monitoring for impacts on non-target species, in particular Chuditch and Dibbler.

FRNP, High priority

  1. Commence the use of Eradicat™ baits (subject to the registration of the baits) in the Western Shield Program across the Fitzgerald Biosphere with a focus on fauna habitat critical, in particular for Western Ground Parrot.

Region, High priority

  1. Provide advice to land managers, community groups (e.g. catchment groups) and kangaroo shooters undertaking cat and fox control (e.g. baiting, shooting).

Region, Medium priority

  1. Develop and implement a coordinated approach to fox and cat control across all tenures.

Region, High priority

  1. Control rabbits using best-practice methods across all tenures, particularly for habitat critical for threatened and priority species and ecological communities.

Region, Medium priority

  1. Implement control measures for feral bees if research indicates this is feasible.

Region, Medium priority

  1. Control feral pigs along the Pallinup River and its tributaries.

Pallinup River, Low priority

  1. Identify and remove weeds using appropriate methods from habitat critical for populations of Boronia clavata, Caladenia bryceana subsp. bryceana and Thelymitra psammophila that are currently being threatened by weeds and as required in areas where other threatened or priority species or ecological communities become threatened by weeds (as indicated by monitoring (Action 39)).

Specific, Medium priority

  1. Implement off-reserve revegetation projects to link and enhance habitat critical for species that are highly susceptible to fragmentation (e.g. Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Malleefowl), with emphasis on the priority areas identified the South Coast Macro-corridor project (Wilkins et al. 2006).

Specific, High priority

  1. Provide advice and incentives to landholders to fence remnant vegetation.

Region, Low priority

  1. Provide advice on mining and exploration applications to the Department of Mines and Petroleum, and where applicable, mining companies, about how to avoid or minimise impacts on threatened species and communities, and biodiversity.

Region, High priority

  1. Continue to use DRF markers to mark the locations of known populations of threatened flora along roadsides.

Specific, Medium priority

  1. Undertake appropriate rehabilitation/avoidance measures for salinisation, particularly for habitat critical for threatened and priority species and ecological communities.

Region, High priority

  1. Implement measures to minimise loss of threatened birds foraging on roadsides (e.g. Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Malleefowl).

Road verges, Medium


Monitoring and Survey





Actions

Scale and Priority

  1. Implement a program of monitoring (at appropriate frequency and scale for the species) of known populations of threatened species and communities, including aspects such as population size, extent and potential threatening processes (e.g. weeds).

Region, High priority

  1. Undertake surveys to determine the distribution and potential habitat across the Fitzgerald Biosphere of threatened species for which this is unknown.

Specific, Medium priority

  1. Undertake survey and data analysis for priority species and ecological communities across the Biosphere to confirm conservation status.

Region, Medium priority

  1. Stimulate germination and monitor seedling recruitment for threatened and priority flora species which have low recruitment due to lack of appropriate disturbance (e.g. Anigozanthos bicolor subsp. minor (Patten et al. 2006) and Eremophila subteretifolia (Phillimore et al. 2002)).

Specific, Low priority

  1. Update the mapping of habitat critical to the survival of threatened species within the Biosphere biennially.

Region, Low priority

  1. Improve the vegetation mapping for the Biosphere with an emphasis on areas containing habitat critical.

Region, Medium priority

  1. Further develop and implement pre- and post-fire monitoring programs for threatened and priority species and ecological communities (see Barrett et al. 2009).

Region, Medium priority

  1. Develop and implement coordinated monitoring programs to determine feral cat and fox numbers (Action 28) across agencies and land tenures.

Region, High priority

  1. For threatened and priority species that are highly susceptible to salinisation, monitor salinity levels in the soil around populations and its impact on the species (Action 37).

Specific, Medium priority

  1. Monitor the number of threatened birds (i.e. Malleefowl and Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo) foraging on roadsides on grain spilt during road transport (Action 38).

Specific, Low priority


Translocations and Ex-situ Conservation





Actions

Scale and Priority

  1. Continue regular monitoring and maintenance of current reintroduced populations with consideration of expansion where feasible (Dibblers in Peniup and Numbats in Cocanarup).

Specific, High priority

  1. Continue the Western Ground Parrot breeding program as required, and if possible include individuals from the FRNP to maintain genetic diversity.

Specific, High priority

  1. Investigate the feasibility of, and implement reintroductions of currently locally extinct species (e.g. Woylie, Greater Bilby, Western Barred Bandicoot) into the Fitzgerald Biosphere.

Specific, Low priority

  1. Continue seed collection and storage of the seeds in the Threatened Flora Seed Centre for the threatened and priority flora species in the Fitzgerald Biosphere.

Specific, High priority

  1. Consider translocations of flora species if required and implement if feasible.

Specific, Medium priority


Research





Actions

Scale and Priority

  1. Establish a Research Advisory Group for the Fitzgerald Biosphere to coordinate and prioritise an integrated program of research in the Fitzgerald Biosphere.

Region, High priority

  1. Conduct priority research for threatened and priority species and ecological communities in the Biosphere (listed in Appendix 8).

Region, High priority

  1. Maintain and regularly update the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group’s Fitzgerald Biosphere bibliography database.

Region, Low priority




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