The establishment of an East Coast Conservation Corridor Endowment Fund will provide the long term certainty required to help maintain and restore the ecological health, diversity and beauty of this exceptional place.
NEBN has written to the State and Federal Government about failure of the Policy and Conservation Assessment Branch’s (PCAB, of DPIPWE) failure to adequately protect threatened species. PCAB is a State Government Department which provides advice to Councils on threatened species issues. It also administers conservation covenants. In the case of a recent development on Binalong Bay Road PCAB recommended allowing a residence be built less than 250m metres from an active Sea-Eagles nest and also refused to place a conservation covenant on the land (instead recommending a Part V agreement which is a far weaker means of protection conservation values on private land). The land contains habitat for Swift Parrot, a threatened plant species and two threatened vegetation communities as well as being a potential buffer to limit disturbance of the Sea-Eagles nest. This is not the first time PCAB ahs failed to get the best outcome on private land with important natural values.
Billie Lazenby has produced a report regarding NHM habitat in the St. Helens area. A copy has been sent to the Threatened Species Unit as well as Break O’Day Council. A recent hair tube survey near Swimcart Beach at the Bay of Fires produced one positive result. For the first time New Holland Mouse has been recorded in the area for 20 years. Surveying for NHM is ongoing.
NEBN has attended two Planning Directives hearings (No. 1 and No. 4) to try and ensure that ecological protection, management and restoration underpin planning in Tasmania.
The recently completed Land Use Plan has been a useful document to submit at such hearings as it highlights the fact that ecological processes have not been identified, let alone protected in the planning system even though this is a legal requirement.
The Land Use Plan has also been submitted to the Break O’Day Strategic Plan process as a means of promoting the need for the Council to develop a long-term ecologically based Land Use/Biodiversity strategy for our municipality.
We have accessed $55,000 in funding in the past year for this project. There has been some large areas selectively harvested (pines removed, native trees retained) by a local logging contractor in the past few months which will regenerate back to native forest rapidly. Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) crews have been coming out for a week each month which has been very helpful but we need more local input.
The long-term goal is to secure enough funding to be able to pay for a locally based work team. The 2009 Report on Skyline Tier is now available.
The Northeast Bioregional Network engaged Bushways Environmental Services Tasmania to conduct a review of the ecological restoration works undertaken at Skyline Tier, Scamander Pine Plantation from July 2007 to the end of 2009. Active management of the site removing pines and regenerating native vegetation has resulted in impressive progress.
This document presents a proposal for a new reserve in North East Tasmania. The proposed Constable Creek – Loila Tier Reserve covers an area of approximately 13,200 hectares of largely pristine native forest, heathland and watercourses.
Plantation Restoration in Tasmania: Methodology and Prioritisation
This report details how to go about restoring the whole 2,000ha plus of the Scamander Pine Plantation back to native forest. A management key is provided which outlines methodology for this process and is broadly applicable to many other pine plantations in Tasmania.
The Bay of Fires is an area of sublime beauty and important biodiversity values with strong cultural links for Tasmania's Aboriginal community. It is also highly valued by East Coast residents, treasured by the Tasmanian community as a whole and attracts visitors from Tasmania, Australia and beyond.
This report presents a concept for a large-scale conservation initiative to connect, restore and maintain the outstanding ecological values of Tasmania's East Coast and North East. This landscape-scale conservation corridor extends 280 km north-south from Cape Portland to
Cape Pillar, covering 2 ½ degrees of latitude. The existing reserve system and a number of established conservation projects provide a solid foundation for this integrative corridor concept
This is a Conservation Action Plan for the Break O Day area highlighting the important ecological processes and values that need to be protected, sustained and restored in the region.
There is growing demand for skills in ecological restoration both locally, nationally and internationally as governments and private enterprise invest in restoring degraded lands for conservation, carbon credits and ecologically sustainable timber production. The Ecological Restoration Skill Set consists of three units from the Certificate II Conservation/Land Management qualification.
This report explores the potential economic benefits from the Skyline Tier Restoration Project as well as the economic activity generated.
Presentation and Notes from our well-attended Mountain Bike Forum held on Saturday 15th July 2017
NEBN has written to new State Minister for the Environment Mr Brian Wightman about the proposed sale of Crown Land at Binalong Bay adjoining the Humbug Point Nature Recreation Areas. After obtaining a FOI on this land which identified the proposed areas for sale a survey was carried out which revealed that nearly all of the land is either threatened forest communities Eucalyptus globulus (Blue Gum) or Eucalyptus ovata (Black Gum) forest, threatened species habitat (New Holland Mouse, Chaostola Skipper Butterfly) or wetland. We have requested that the Minister incorporate the entire area of Crown Land (39ha) into the Humbug Point Nature Recreation Area on environmental as well as planning grounds.
This report was produced to be used in the new Biodiversity Code of the Break O Day Planning Scheme. This will be the first time that landscape connectivity has been explicitly recognised in local Planning Schemes.
The Northeast Bioregional Network engaged Bushways Environmental Services Tasmania to conduct an assessment of the benefits to the community of restoring Skyline Tier.
As well as the social, biodiversity and economic values, this report breaks new ground by including carbon values.
As a result of NEBN and other local community groups negotiations with Gunns regarding the management of their Seaview Plantation in the head waters of the South George River, Bushways Environmental Consultants produced a management plan which demonstrates best practice plantation management as well as achieving protection and restoration of riparian and native vegetation areas.
This land is in the upper catchment of the South George River, part of the St Helens water supply catchment.The land has since passed from Gunns ownership but NEBN is still pursuing (and achieving) better management of the land with the current owners.
In this report information about restoration of Eucalyptus nitens plantations back to native forest is provided. There is a particular emphasis on streamside/riparian areas. This land is in the upper catchment of the South George River, part of the St Helens water supply catchment.