Maintain and enhance landscape function for biodiversity, with a focus on protecting habitat for EPBC species and communities and RAMSAR wetland values in northern Tasmania.
The Big Picture:
The NRM North region comprises approximately 60% natural landscapes which support native species, communities and ecosystems that have experienced minimal human impacts. These biodiversity-rich natural landscapes are highly valued by the community for their intrinsic value and the way that they characterise Tasmania and the sense of place for our communities. They also underpin much of our economy and are of high value to Tasmania’s growing tourism industry. The biodiversity values within our natural landscapes are under increasing threat from habitat loss and modification from changing land use and development pressures, weeds, pests and diseases, climate change and natural disasters such as floods, drought and fire. There is an opportunity to work with both public and private land managers to implement on-ground action and to support policy and planning initiatives to buffer the impacts of these threats and pressures on our biodiversity.
The Biodiversity Program aims to protect and enhance native habitat and landscape function, with a focus on high value natural assets including threatened species and ecological communities, endemic species and Ramsar (internationally recognised) wetland sites. The priority natural assets and associated actions have been selected based on NRM North’s capacity to achieve long term positive outcomes by increasing community awareness and involvement and working with a range of partners across land tenures.
The target biodiversity assets NRM North will focus on between 2015-2025 include:
- Tasmanian endemic species such as Black Gum forest (Eucalyptus ovata-Callitris oblonga), Davies Wax Flower and the Golfer’s Leek Orchid;
- Nationally listed species and communities including Coastal Temperate Saltmarsh, Spotted Tailed Quoll, Giant Freshwater Lobster and Eastern Barred Bandicoot; and
- Ramsar sites including Little Waterhouse Lake, Flood Plain Lower Ringarooma River and Logan Lagoon.
The Biodiversity program is delivered through a range of mechanisms. These include a mix of providing funding incentives to landholders to protect areas of remnant vegetation and to enhance connectivity, managing the threat of habitat-altering weeds, informing or participating in policy and planning at a local, regional and state-wide level, and working in partnership with community groups and government bodies to monitor target species and invest in on-ground activities for biodiversity outcomes. Key partners in program delivery include landholders, The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, community groups and local councils.