The Native Species and Ecological Communities theme seeks to maintain and enhance the conservation status of threatened flora and fauna populations, species and ecological communities, through education, monitoring, evaluation and the implementation of management plans and strategies.
In general, the survival of threatened species is intricately linked to the management of habitat, and to the management of pest plants and animals. Tasmania's Threatened Species Strategy identifies inappropriate or illegal harvesting of flora as a generic threat to threatened species, and introduced species can out-compete and/or kill native species.
Future strategic action is needed to maintain and enhance the conservation status of these species. Current threatened species recovery plans, such as those for the Giant Freshwater Crayfish (Astacopsis gouldi), Wedge Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax fleayi) and a variety of flora species, require concerted and ongoing action, involving government, industry, landholders, community groups and the public. There is a need to consistently implement these plans across the region.