Appendix 17: Known chytrid status of amphibian species CD
1.1Scope of document
The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan (‘the Plan’), covers the Australian Government’s Border Ranges North and South (Queensland and New South Wales) Biodiversity Hotspot. Biodiversity Hotspots are areas that support largely intact natural ecosystems where native species and communities are well represented, and where a high diversity of locally endemic species persists.
The Border Ranges North and South Biodiversity Hotspot (‘the hotspot’) refers to the rainforest and related vegetation communities that occur in the Border Ranges region of north-east New South Wales (NSW) and south-east Queensland (Department of the Environment and Water Resources 2007). The location of the Border Ranges region, as delineated for the preparation and implementation of this Plan and shown in Figure 1, extends along the coast from Beenleigh in the north to Evans Head in the south and as far west as Killarney.
In line with the Australian Government’s description of the Border Ranges Hotspot, this Plan refers to ‘rainforest and related vegetation’ as:
rainforest; that is, subtropical, warm temperate, cool temperate, dry and littoral rainforest and semi-evergreen vine thickets
vegetation communities of limited extent that are typically surrounded by rainforest; that is, cliffs, rocky outcrops and montane heath
riparian vegetation surrounded by, or adjacent to, rainforest.
The rainforest and related vegetation located in the Border Ranges region designates the ‘Planning Area’ and is the subject of this Plan. Where relevant, ‘rainforest and related vegetation’ also refers to the priority species, ecological communities and/or habitats encompassed by this vegetation.
The objective of this Plan is to protect rainforest and related biodiversity and to provide a consistent and effective recovery program for species and communities of conservation concern. The recovery program will focus on improving the condition (connectivity and integrity) of rainforest and related vegetation communities and their component species and systems.
Within NSW, vegetation communities, species and habitats of the Border Ranges region that are not encompassed by rainforest and related vegetation are considered in the Draft Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (DECC 2009a).
In 2009, the Queensland Government created several new departments and the Plan reflects these changes. In particular, the former Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (QEPA) and Department of Natural Resources and Water now occur within the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).
Also in 2009, the NSW Government created several new 'super agencies' and the Plan reflects these changes. In particular, the former NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) now occurs within the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW).
Location of the Border Ranges region
1.2Interaction with other documents
There are a number of existing state and national recovery plans and threat abatement plans that address species and communities covered by this Plan (see Appendix 1 on the enclosed CD). This Plan does not replace these existing plans, but complements them by incorporating the species in a broader regional context. Existing management actions and the spatial extent to which they apply are referred to where relevant. Existing plans have also been used to inform the prioritisation of actions across relevant species and ecological communities in this Plan.
Some species and communities addressed in this Plan occur in locations outside the Planning Area, and recovery actions identified for the Planning Area may also be relevant for species in adjoining areas. This Plan identifies a range of recovery actions that vary in spatial scale, priority and potential benefit. It should be noted that such action priorities may vary at different times within the life of this Plan depending on the availability of resources, opportunistic project proposals and other competing priorities and interests.
1.3Limits to the use of this Plan
It is recognised that there will be a variety of potential users of this Plan, each with specific information requirements. Due to the broad regional scope of the Plan, some details, particularly for individual species, are not included within the text. However, links to species’ profiles, recovery plans and the NSW Threatened Species Priorities Action Statement are provided.
The use of geographic information system mapping and the Biodiversity Forecasting Tool (see Section 3) provides an opportunity for the Plan to be adaptive and interactive rather than a static document. The level of adaption and interaction will rely on partners and on-ground implementers feeding spatial information and data back so that the Tool can be updated. The mapping and modelling utilised to identify priority areas for biodiversity investment are constrained by the data available and users of the Plan need to carefully consider the constraints identified in regard to interpreting and using the mapped information. Planning at the site level for implementation projects will have to be undertaken for each individual site utilising information provided in the Plan as a base.