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Western Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus concinnus)



Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Partnership species management stream under the Saving our Species program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Less than 10% of the species' total population occurs within NSW.

Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed

Management objectives

This action statement aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

OEH is currently developing a targeted approach for managing Partnership species species. In the interim, the following management actions have been identified for this species.
  • Using current records and literature on habitat requirements determine the current distribution and identify areas of potential habitat to undertake survey and management actions.
  • Undertake an annual monitoring program within identified habitat within both OEH reserves and other tenures, to determine the distribution and abundance of the species, particularly in areas where management actions are being undertaken.
  • Produce and distribute information and provide technical support on the species to assist land managers and field-based support to implement actions that assist in the species' recovery (grazing strategies, vegetation rehabilitation, etc.).
  • Determine, through research, the ecological requirements of the species, particularly in regard to fire, and incorporate the information into Regional and Local Fire Plans.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.