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Review of the Threatened Species Licence Framework by the Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority

The proposed Threatened Species Licence (TSL) framework for the coastal IFOA has been independently reviewed by the Forest Practices Authority of Tasmania (FPA).

The FPA is an independent statutory body that regulates the management of Tasmanian forests on public and private land and is experienced in implementing multi-scale landscape approaches to protecting threatened species in forestry operations.

The FPA was engaged to review the TSL framework based on its specialist expertise in forest practices, which includes the development and implementation of codes of practice, cultural heritage, botany, geomorphology, soil and water science, and zoology. The FPAs specialists carry out independent monitoring, research and regulation, often in collaboration with other researchers, to ensure that forest practices are consistent with relevant legislation and policy. FPA research and monitoring provides a scientific basis for adaptive implementation of forestry prescriptions in Tasmania.

The FPA has prepared a preliminary (PDF, 739KB) and final report (PDF, 1.4MB) on the proposed TSL multi-scale landscape provisions. In summary, the FPA made the following comments:

  • In general the proposed TSL licence will contribute to the overarching goals and sub-objectives as identified in the literature as important for the conservation of forest biodiversity in production forest areas. The proposed licence is consistent with the multi-spatial scale approach taken in other jurisdictions.
  • Some areas require further consideration, including, the setting of overarching principles to take account of the trade-off between conservation and economic outcomes, the development of clear and measurable outcomes, the development of comprehensive guidelines and a training program for those involved in implementing and monitoring, and developing a monitoring program and process for continual improvement.

The results of the FPA review indicate that the proposed TSL framework should meet the desired objectives of the IFOA remake. The review also highlights the need to consider further measures for dispersing harvesting (in particular the maximum harvesting threshold), the size and composition of the habitat clumps, ways to minimise edge effects impacting on excluded areas, and protecting sensitive species that are not adequately covered by general conditions.

The advice and recommendations provided by the FPA have been used by the NSW Government to further refine and improve the multi-scale landscape threatened species licence concept.

Page last updated: 10 February 2015