NRM South is overseeing a suite of projects to protect two endangered plant species and one endangered vegetation community;
- Morrisby’s gum, one of Australia’s most threatened eucalypts,
- Stuart’s heath (critically endangered and found only in one location)
- Black gum/Brookers gum forest and woodlands (a critically endangered vegetation community)
Tasmania is home to some of the oldest species of plants on Earth, and our geographical isolation means many of our plants are found nowhere else in the world. This group of sub-projects is addressing threats to a select number of our most at risk plants and plant communities, and includes efforts to boost seed reserves and improve genetic viability, replant and reconnect plant communities, and engage the broader community in conservation efforts.
Enviro-dynamics, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service, UTAS, Greening Australia, Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre, Threatened Plants Tasmania, pakana Services
Australian Government’s National Landcare Program
ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
- Developed a black gum/ Brooker’s gum landholder fact sheet
- Two conservation covenants approved
- Southport heath survey
- Supported 174 plant giveaways which has contributed to 21 new plantings
- Mapping work on black gum/Brooker’s gum communities
- Four landholder agreements covering 12.5 ha formalised to protect conservation plantings of Morrisby’s Gum and three Morrisby’s Gum plantings
established on private property (covering 7.5 ha). Plantings were completed at three of the landholder sites over the 2022 winter, with 2,430 Morrisby’s Gum seedlings planted.
- Eighteen Southport Heath plants caged at Southport Bluff to allow for future seed collection, and seeds collected from Morrisby’s Gum.
- Stall at Dover community market distributed 60 Southport Heath plants to the local community.
- Five Forest on Farms management agreements established and property action plans with private landholders developed.
- One conservation covenant covering 113.78 ha has been approved and registered on the landowners’ title which will protect 10.96 ha of Black or Brookers gum forest. Three additional covenants comprising a further 34.65 ha of black or Brookers gum forest are being processed.
Black or Brookers Gum Information Sheet
Growing Morrisby’s Gum Note Sheet (Enviro-dynamics)
Tasmanian Black Gum and Brookers Gum Forests and Woodlands: A Nationally Significant Ecological Community: A guide for farmers and other land managers (Australian Government)
Black or Brookers Gum Ground-truthing Survey Report (TLC)
Community efforts to revive an endangered gum case study (2021)