Nature conservation

Biodiversity Reform

Border Ranges Rainforest Regional Biodiversity Management Plan

The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan was approved by the Federal Government in May 2010

The Plan is available from the Australian Government Department of Environment.

Plan Summary

The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan is a regional recovery plan for threatened species and communities of the Border Ranges North and South (Queensland and New South Wales) Biodiversity Hotspot. The Plan considers the conservation requirements of rainforest and closely related species and communities in the Border Ranges region of New South Wales and Queensland, which is centred on the McPherson Ranges. It also addresses other species of conservation significance so as to manage the area's biodiversity in a holistic and cost-effective manner. It constitutes the formal national recovery plan for those rainforest species which are endemic to the Hotspot region.

Although it was primarily developed by the New South Wales Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, with Australian Government funding assistance, the Plan represents a milestone in the cooperative management of our biodiversity assets. Because of the cross-border nature of the region, its successful development has also relied on input and endorsement by the Queensland Government and the relevant regional natural resource management body in each state. Local and Indigenous communities were also extensively consulted.

The Plan identifies the actions to be taken to ensure the long-term viability of the threatened species and other biodiversity assets of the rainforest and related vegetation of the Border Ranges region. Actions include working with landowners to restore and protect identified priority areas, including vegetation corridors for the movement and dispersal of species. There is also an emphasis on landowners and agencies working together to help manage the impacts of weeds and feral pests, as well as fire management. The involvement of the local community, including the Indigenous community, is seen as integral to the successful implementation of the Plan.

It is intended that this Plan be implemented over a ten-year period.

The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan is presented in two parts. The first consists of this document containing the background information relevant to the recovery of the priority species and ecological communities, and the outcomes and actions required to achieve their long-term recovery. The second part is presented electronically on a compact disk (CD) which can be found on the inside back cover of this document. This second part provides background information, including a number of appendices and figures that accompany the main Plan.

Plan Outcomes for Fire Management in 2014

The formation of the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (NRFABCON) is a key action of the Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan addressing the threat of inappropriate fire regimes on the region's biodiversity.

The NRFABCON is focused on achieving landscape scale objectives addressed in the two biodiversity management plans.

Find out more on the NRFABCON website:

  • To promote a consistent and coordinated approach to fire management to protect rainforest and promote appropriate fire regimes in related vegetation.
  • To engage and assist the broader community in fire management and protection of rainforest from fire ecological burns.
  • To review and update guidelines on species ecological requirements in fire planning and hazard reduction
  • To conduct research into the effects of different burning regimes on species and communities.

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Page last updated: 18 April 2016