Eastern Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus nanus)



Species Action Statement

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

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This species is distributed across relatively large areas and is subject to threatening processes that generally act at the landscape scale (e.g. habitat loss or degradation) rather than at distinct, defineable locations.

Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed

Management objectives

This action statement aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).

Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.

The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.

IBRA

The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:

 
South Eastern Queensland
NSW North Coast
New England Tablelands
Brigalow Belt South
Nandewar
NSW South Western Slopes
South Eastern Highlands
Sydney Basin
Australian Alps
South East Corner

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

45% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).

Critical actions for this species

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this species are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Negotiate conservation agreements to protect known habitat, preferably perpetual, funded mechanisms such as BioBanking agreements. Target areas with hollow-bearing trees and an abundance of flowering proteaceous and myrtaceous shrubs, particularly banksias. Include the retention of fallen timber as a standard management action.Site
Develop and undertake community education strategy that reduces demand for firewood and provides/promotes alternatives.State
In known habitat and movement areas investigate options for safer road crossing options such as underpasses or overpasses.Site

How will this species be managed?

Priority sites for species are being identified by the Office of Environment and Heritage and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial to the species. Currently, 0 management sites have been identified for this species.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Currently no priority sites identified

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.