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The Forest Practices Authority

RFA priority species project

Project summary

The Australian Government and the Tasmanian Government recognise that strategic landscape management planning is an important tool in ensuring the long-term viability of RFA priority species and their habitats. The project entitled ‘Strategic landscape approach to the management of habitat for RFA priority species’ is designed to establish and implement a strategic landscape approach to the management of RFA priority species and their habitats in Tasmania.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. To develop an approach to landscape management of RFA priority species and their habitats in areas covered by the forest practices system that can be implemented by the forest industry through current policy and legislation.
  2. To develop processes and planning tools (including species habitat planning guidelines, range boundaries and potential habitat maps) to assist landscape level planning.
  3. To develop and implement a process for establishing research priorities that will foster ongoing improvement of forest planning and management prescriptions at the landscape level.
  4. To prepare and implement a program for assessing the implementation and effectiveness of landscape level management prescriptions.

Background documents

Four documents have been prepared to provide background information relevant to the project. These will be uploaded soon.

1. A review of approaches to the conservation of forest biodiversity across the landscape in Australia and overseas
This report reviews current landscape-scale management approaches for the conservation of forest biodiversity adopted in Australia and overseas. It outlines and reviews the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and then explores the key elements and limiting factors, and makes recommendations associated with a landscape approach to the conservation of forest biodiversity.

2. A review of the approach to the conservation of RFA priority species in areas covered by the Tasmanian forest practices system
This report is a review of the current management actions that are applied both at the landscape and coupe (harvest unit) level for the conservation management of biodiversity in areas covered by the forest practices system; and how these management actions and approaches are applied under legislation and policy in Tasmania.

3. A report on the on-ground implementation of current forest management prescriptions for the conservation of RFA priority species
This report summarises the on-ground monitoring of the implementation of the management actions outlined in background document 2, which is principally achieved though the FPA’s compliance monitoring program, the monitoring required for the Permanent Native Forest Estate and monitoring required for threatened species under the agreed procedures.

4. A review of approaches used interstate and overseas to monitor the effectiveness of forest management prescriptions for the conservation of biodiversity
This report reviews approaches used interstate and overseas to monitor the effectiveness of forest management actions for the conservation of biodiversity. We report on the different approaches used in each jurisdiction, explore the key elements of a successful monitoring program and make recommendations that are considered relevant to a landscape approach to the conservation of forest biodiversity in Tasmania.


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