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Advisory Biodiversity (9 documents)

Regulation of treefern harvesting in Tasmania - summary for website:
Harvesting of tree ferns is now regulated through the forest practices system as detailed in the "Tree Fern Management Plan for the Harvesting, Transport or Trading of Dicksonia antarctica in Tasmania", approved by the government of Tasmanian and the Commonwealth of Australia.

Tasmanian treefern management plan 2012:
The management plan outlines a system to regulate tree fern harvesting in Tasmania under the Forest Practices Act.  Only the widely occurring and numerous Dicksonia antarctica (manfern or soft tree fern) will be commercially harvested.

Advisory Biodiversity Fauna tech notes (16 documents)

Fauna Tech Note 01 Eagle Nest Mgmt:
Management of eagle nests.  Replaces previous Technical Notes 1 - 6, 10, 16, 17

Fauna Tech Note 04 Broad-Toothed stag Beetle survey protocol:
A survey protocol for determining the presence/absence of the broad-toothed stag beetle.

Fauna Tech Note 05 Mt Mangana Stag Beetle survey protocol:
A survey protocol for determining the presence/absence of the Mt Mangana stag beetle.

Fauna Tech Note 07 Wildlife habitat clumps:
Some background information on implementation of wildlife habitat clump provisions of the Forest Practices Code.

Fauna Tech Note 08 Wildlife habitat strips:
Some background information on implementation of wildlife habitat strip provisions of the Forest Practices Code.

Fauna Tech Note 09 Fauna record sheet:
This record form can be used to complete details of interesting or unusual sightings of any fauna.  Details will be passed on to PWS.

Fauna Tech Note 11 Stag beetle surveys:
Tasmania has five species of stag beetle listed as threatened on the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995.  This technical note outlines the recommended survey method so that results can be interpreted in terms of existing knowledge.

Fauna Tech Note 12 Goshawk habitat categories:
These categories indicate habitat suitability for the grey goshawk and may be used to map habitat within a particular coupe/property to assist with decisions for the management of habitat for this species.

Fauna Tech Note 13 Keeled Snail surveys:
The keeled snail (Tasmaphena lamproides) is listed as rare on the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995.  Surveys may be required for this species in areas proposed for forestry operations.  This technical note outlines recommended survey methods.

Fauna Tech Note 14 Nest Identification:
Identification of eagle and goshawk nests can be tricky, even for the specialists.  In answer to this common question we have put together these notes on things to look for when trying to decide to whom that large collection of twigs you have just found belongs.

Advisory Biodiversity Flora tech notes (7 documents)

Flora Tech Note 02 useful references on Tasmanias flora:
This technical note briefly describes many of the texts, web-sites and CD-ROMs that provide information on Tasmanian flora.  Some are intended simply as identification aids whilst others provide more detailed information about community types or plant groups.

Flora Tech Note 03 Collecting and preserving plant specimens:
A collection of pressed and labelled plant specimens is an aid to plant identification and can provide useful ecological information if good records are kept.  Advice about collection , preservation methods and information to record is give in this technical note.   Includes a sheet of herbarium labels.

Flora Tech Note 04 Relict rainforest management:
Patches of relict rainforest occur in the east, northeast and central north of the State, and are considered to be left over from a time when rainforest was more widespread.  These patches are of high conservation value, and this technical note outlines their appropriate management with regard to forestry operations.

Flora Tech Note 05 Treefern identification and management:
There are five species of tree fern in Tasmania, two of which are rare.  Even the more common tree fern species are important for the role they play in forest ecology.  Ways of mitigating forestry impacts on tree ferns are considered in this technical note.  A key and diagrams to assist in their identification are also provided.  Correct identification is especially important where commercial harvesting of ferns in proposed.

Flora Tech Note 06 Sphagnum communities:
Sphagnum communities are fragile and ecologically unique plant communities.  These communities should be given special consideration during forestry operations.  A key to the various community types associated with Sphagnum communities is provided,and appropriate management practices are discussed.

Flora Tech Note 08 Phytophthora:
Phytophthora cinnamomi is a root fungus which can devastate drier forest and non-forest communities in lowland areas of Tasmania.  The Technical Note lists susceptible species and communities, and gives hygiene measures to reduce risks of spreading Phytophthora.  Procedures relating to roads and tracks, quarries and machinery washdown are described and illustrated.  This technical note forms part of the Flora Evaluation process for preparation of forest practices plans.

Flora Tech Note 12 Eucalypt hybridisation:
This technical note provides information on which native eucalypts are susceptible to hydridisation with E. nitens and how to recognise hybrid seedlings.  A method for assessing and managing hybridisation risk is also presented, including monitoring guidelines.  Eucalypt hybridisation is an important issue to consider when preparing plans for plantation coupes and it is the subject of ongoing research.  FPOs and others are urged to notify researchers if they see hybrid seedlings (or suspected hybrid seddlings) near plantations.

Advisory Biodiversity Threatened native vegetation communities information sheets (TNVC) (19 documents)

Advisory Earth sciences guideline docs (6 documents)

Basalt talus guidelines:
This soil type presents particular challenges to foresters to successfully manage them in a sustainable manner particularly in respect to landslide hazard.

Dolerite talus guidelines:
This soil type presents particular challenges to foresters to successfully manage them in a sustainable manner particularly in respect to landslide hazard.

Forest sinkhole manual:
This manual constitutes the technical note referred to in the Forest Practices Code entitled Some Operational Consideration in Sinkhole Management.

Guidelines for the protection of Class 4 streams:
Guidelines concerning protection of Class 4 streams in the forest environment using factors such as soil erodibility and slope.

Biodiversity Expert Review Panel (BERP) reports (13 documents)

Response of FPAC and the FPA to the recommendations of the Biodiversity Expert Review Panel:
The recommendations contained in the reort of the expert panel have been reviewed by the Forest Practices Advisory Council and the Forest Practices Authority.  The responses of these two bodies are contained in this report.

BERP background report 1 - Legislative and policy context:
Legislative and Policy Context for Review of Biodiversity Provisions of Tasmania's Forest Practices System.

BERP background report 2 - Processes and planning tools:
Processes and planning tools to meet objectives and requirements of the biodiversity provisions of Tasmania's forest practices system.

BERP background report 3 - Spatial scales, biodiversity provisions and other forest management provisions:
A review of Forest Practices Code provisions relating to management of biodiversity at different spatial scales, implementation and relationships between biodiversity provisions and other forest management provisions.

BERP background report 3.1 - Management of tree hollows in Tasmania:
Recent research findings and management recommendations to meet objectives and requirements of the hollow provisions of the forest pracices system.

BERP background report 4 - Review of R and M related to the fps:
Review of research and monitoring activities related to the biodiversity provisions of the forest practices system.

BERP background report 5 - Intensively managed areas:
Processes and planning tools to meet objectives and requirements of the biodiversity provisions of Tasmania's forest practices system.
Supplementary Information:
Intensively Managed Areas prepared by Mark Wapstra (Environmental Consulting Options Tasmania) for the Biodiversity Review Panel 16 April

BERP background report 6 - Management issues relevant for biodiversity conservation in freshwater ecosystems:
Management issues relevant for biodiversity conservation in freshwater ecosystems.

Biodiversity review recommendation summary:
Summary of recommendations made in the review of the biodiversity provisions of the Tasmanian Forest Practices Code.

Biodiversity review report:
Review of the biodiversity provisions of the Tasmanian Forest Practices Code.

Compliance (3 documents)

FPA investigation and enforcement protocols:
The Foresty Practices Authority is responsible for administering the Tasmanian Forest Practices Act 1985 and the Forest Practices Regulations 2007.  This document outlines the policy and procedures that the Forest Practices Authority will employ when conducting investigations of alleged breaches of the Act and provide guidelines for enforcement.  The document is divided into two sections, the first dealing with investigation procedures and the second with enforcement policy.

Forest Practices News 1998 (2 documents)

Forest Practices News 2003 (2 documents)

Forest Practices News 2004 (2 documents)

Forest Practices News 2010 (2 documents)

Forest Practices News 2011 (2 documents)

Forest Practices News 2012 (2 documents)

Forest Practices News 2013 (1 documents)

Forest Practices News 2014 (2 documents)

Forest Practices News 2015 (1 documents)

The forest practices system (18 documents)

Forest Practices Code:
The Forest Practices Code prescribes the manner in which forest operations are to be planned and conducted so as to provide reasonable protection to the environment.

Land clearing information sheet:
New controls on the clearing of trees and woody vegetation in Tasmania were introduced on 1st January 2002.  This information sheet provides a summary of the controls on clearing under the Forest Practices Act and Forest Practices Regulations.  Persons who are planning to carry out clearing of trees or woody vegetation are advised to seek advice from a qualified Forest Practices Officer or the Forest Practices Authority.  Failure to comply with the Act and Regulations can result in substantial penalties.

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