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habitat, harvesting exclusions along drainage Prosecutions are rare for Forests NSW, Video footage taken during field work can be lines and measures to control soil movement having only three prosecutions raised in viewed online at: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/research/ along roads. the past decade. Forests NSW takes these forestry During the year, amendments were made These results may provide an opportunityissues extremely seriously. Under both to the Hastings River mouse prescriptions to review environmental prescriptions forour environmental management systems contained in the Upper North East and Lower (EMS) and the requirements of our AFS this species. North East IFOAs and to the yellow-bellied certification, continuous improvement Koala management glider prescriptions in the Southern IFOA. systems have been brought to bear to understand the root cause of these Forests NSW, with the EPA and OEH, successfully The amendments to the Hastings River incidents. Continually improving regulatory obtained a $1.9 million grant from the Australian mouse reflected current knowledge, gathered compliance is a priority for Forests NSW. Government’s biodiversity fund to assist the largely from pre-harvest surveys, about the mouse’s occurrence, home-range and Forest research protection of koalas on the far south coast.  preferred habitats. The amendments increase The grant will be used to establish and monitor access to harvestable areas and sawlogs New arrangements were negotiated this year the koala population in the Eden RFA Region, particularly focusing on the Tanja, Murrah, available under the forest agreements while regarding Forests NSW funding of research Mumbulla and Bermagui State Forests. The maintaining appropriate levels of protection by the Forest Science Centre of DPI. Forests grant also provides for establishing harvesting for the mouse. NSW will also continue to fund research exclusion zones and developing technologies The amendment to the Southern IFOA was through Forest and Wood Products Australia, to assess alternative timber supplies. The made to manage the endangered population Forestry and Bushfire CRCs and the Radiata exclusions will provide connectivity between of yellow-bellied gliders on the Bago Plateau. Pine Breeding Company Pty Ltd. The research the largest known population of koalas on the It provides for interim harvesting exclusion funded by Forests NSW is directly linked to south coast with suitable habitat in State forests zones in all areas of moderate and high habitat, business needs. and in national parks.  with timber harvesting limited to low quality habitat only. A review of the impacts of timber Forest health arrangements in an amendment to the EdenOne of the milestones is to formalise these harvesting on the glider population will occur IFOA. Overall, the funding will help strike aThe majority of softwood and a large through a new population management plan. balance between koala conservation and aproportion of hardwood plantations were Compliance with all aspects of forest health mapped and sustainable native timber industry for the region.surveyed by helicopter in winter-spring 2011 Wild dogs Forests NSW regulators issued several penalty ground surveys undertaken where necessary. infringement notices for breaches of forestry Forests NSW has a responsibility to work withThe return to good rainfalls across much regulations. other land managers to control wild dogs asof the softwood plantation estate resulted The alleged breach of environmental in a substantial reduction in tree mortality part of an integrated pest animal management prescriptions during harvesting operations associated with drought and a reduction in program. in Doubleduke State Forest was dismissed by the area damaged by the Monterey pine One of Forests NSW experienced wild dog the Land and Environment Court in July 2012. aphid. Negative effects included a doubling trappers from Tumbarumba featured in a in the area affected by dothistrioma needle national self-help DVD this year that showed Forests NSW has recently been formally advised by the EPA that it intends to proceed blight, which is normally restricted to the farmers how to trap wild dogs and foxes as part with a prosecution in relation to a hazard northern tablelands but large areas were of integrated wild dog and fox control programs. reduction burn conducted in Mogo State recorded in Hume Region. Endangered ecological Number of penalty infringement generally in good health and hardwood communitiesOverall, the softwood plantation estate isForest in 2011. notices issued to Forests NSW by plantation health remains static. Forests NSW staff conducted field days across regulators Eastern pygmy possums endangered ecological communities (EECs).the State to improve the identification of 12 12 Investigations continued into the ecology of Updated field guides developed by Forests the Eastern pygmy possum before and after NSW senior ecologist were used to improve 10 10 logging in Macpherson State Forest. Extensive staff ability to identify EECs from similar field work was undertaken during 2005–07 surrounding forest types. 8 (pre–logging) and 2010–11 (post-logging). The use of remote sensing technology is 6 An animal’s home range encapsulates the food also being investigated to further assist the 5 identification and management of the EECs.and shelter (that is, resource requirements) and 4 Community partnerships 4 the social needs of an animal. The home range of the pygmy possum was estimated from den 2 sites located by radio-tracking. Preliminary A community engagement program1 analyses showed that home range size is similar associated with harvesting activities on the 0 between regrowth and unlogged sites and is north coast resulted in a partnership between 11–12 10–11 09–10 08–09 07–08 stable after logging. the Never Never Catchment Group and Forests Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance 31


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