It is intended that this Plan be implemented over a ten-year period



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Contents


Foreword i

Acknowledgements ii

Contents iv

Figures vi

Tables vi

Appendices vii



1 Introduction 1

1.1 Scope of document 1

1.2 Interaction with other documents 2

1.3 Limits to the use of this Plan 3

1.4 Legislative context 3

1.5 Recovery plan preparation, consultation and implementation 4

1.5.1 Critical habitats 4

1.5.2 Key threatening processes 5

1.5.3 Consultation with the Border Ranges community 5

1.5.4 Other conservation measures 9

1.5.5 Additional NSW and Queensland legislation 10

2 Description of the Planning Area 11

2.1 Tenure 12

2.2 Topography 14

2.3 Geology 14

2.4 Climate 15

2.5 Broad vegetation groups 19

2.6 Rainforest and related vegetation 21

2.7 Priority species and ecological communities 25

2.7.1 Flora and fauna assemblages 27

3 Addressing Threats 31

3.1 Assessing and ranking threats to biodiversity 31

3.2 Scale-based threat management 34

3.3 Priority areas 36

3.3.1 Conserve and Repair Priorities 37

3.3.2 Other priority areas 40



4 Management Actions 45

4.1 How to use this section 45

4.1.1 Action prioritisation 45

4.1.2 Implementation scale 45

4.2 Affected interests and potential contributors 45

4.3 Existing plans, policies and programs 46

4.4 Plan objectives 47

4.4.1 Aims 47

4.5 Management actions 47

Organisational-related impediments – universal 47

Climate change (anthropogenic) – universal 49

Habitat loss, modification and degradation – high priority 51

Weeds – high priority 56

Inappropriate fire regimes – high priority 63

Pest animals – medium priority 68

Bell Miner associated dieback – medium priority 77

Grazing and trampling by livestock – medium priority 78

Human interference – medium priority 79

Pathogens – low priority 84

Demographic effects – low priority 88

Community engagement 90

Information collation, monitoring and evaluation 92

4.6 Performance criteria for recovery actions 94

5 Mechanisms and Incentives to Implement the Plan 96

6 Social and Economic Consequences 97

7 References 98

8 Acronyms 108

Appendix 2: Priority species and ecological communities addressed by the Plan 109

Appendix 7: Functional trait-based Flora Groups 119

Appendix 10: Priority sites for Bitou Bush control 125

Appendix 11: Threatened species actions summary 126

Appendix 15: Functional trait-based Weed Management Groups 134




Figures


Figure 1Location of the Border Ranges region 2

Figure 2Land tenure 13

Figure 3Topography 16

Figure 4Geology 17

Figure 5Annual rainfall 18

Figure 6Broad vegetation groups 20

Figure 7Rainforest and related vegetation 23

Figure 8Spatial and biological scales of recovery actions 34

Figure 9Landscapes 35

Figure 10Conserve Priorities and Precincts 39

Figure 11Repair Priorities and Precincts 39

Figure 16 Climate change linkages 44

Figure 11a Repair Priority Areas in Tamborine CD

Figure 11b Repair Priority Areas in Tweed Caldera CD

Figure 11c Repair Priority Areas in Nightcap Range CD

Figure 11d Repair Priority Areas in Lower Richmond CD

Figure 11e Repair Priority Areas in Border Ranges CD

Figure 11f Repair Priority Areas in Mid Richmond CD

Figure 11g Repair Priority Areas in Main Range North CD

Figure 11h Repair Priority Areas in Main Range South CD

Figure 11i Repair Priority Areas in Tooloom - Yabbra CD

Figure 11j Repair Priority Areas in Mallanganee CD

Figure 12 Key to priorities map CD

Figure 13 Big Scrub remnants CD

Figure 14 Tumbunan fauna refugia CD

Figure 15a Fire risk areas CD

Figure 15b Pilot fire areas CD

Figure 16 Climate change linkages 45

Figure 17 Community-identified areas CD

Tables


Legislation relevant to threatened species and communities 4

Land tenure statistics 12

Vegetation groups and formations 19

Rainforest and related vegetation 21

Proportion of rainforest and related vegetation occurring on different land tenures 22

Priority species groups or life forms 26

Summary of threatened species and ecological communities addressed by this Plan 27

Trait-based Flora Groups 28

Priority Tumbunan fauna 30

Key threatening processes relevant to the Planning Area 32

Priority areas for implementation of actions 36

Key to 1:200 000 Conserve and Repair Priorities and Precincts maps (on the enclosed CD) 38

Community-identified areas of interest 42

Summary description of rainforest weed management groups (after Kooyman et al. 2007) 57

Pollution types and examples 80




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