The Forest Practices Authority

Flora technical notes

The flora technical note series is intended to provide additional advice and general information to forest workers and industry about flora management issues. The technical notes supplement the Forest Practices Code, the Regional Forest Agreement and other legislation and documents relating to Tasmanian native forest flora and communities. This site will be updated and additional technical notes provided as new issues arise or on request. If you print a hard copy, please regulalry check this web site to ensure that your copy has not been superseded by a new version. Click the links below to access the current technical notes.

Flora Technical Note 1

Flora values and the forest practices system

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This technical note explains how flora conservation values within production forest areas are managed under the provision of the forest practices system (e.g. Forest Practices Code, Regional Forest Agreement, and other legislation and polices).

Flora Technical Note 2

Useful references on Tasmania's 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 Technical Note 3

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 given in this technical note. Includes a sheet of herbarium labels.

Flora Technical Note 4

Relict rainforest management

Patches of relic rainforest occur in the east, north-east 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 Technical Note 5

Treefern identification and management

There are five species of treefern in Tasmania, two of which are rare. Even the more common treefern species are important for the role they play in forest ecology. Ways of mitigating forestry impacts on treeferns 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 treeferns is proposed.

Flora Technical Note 6

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 communitiesis provided, and appropriate management practices are discussed.

Flora Technical Note 8


Phytophthora cinnamomi is a root fungus which can devestate drier forest and non-forest communities in lowland areas of Tasmania. This 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 Technical Note 12

Management of gene flow from plantation eucalypts

This technical note provides information on which native eucalypts are susceptible to hybridisation with Eucalyptus 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 forest practices 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 seedlings) near plantations.

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