This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) 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.
Status in NSW:
The SoS strategy aims to secure the species in the wild for 100 years and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act
The SoS strategy aims to secure the species in the wild in NSW for 100 years, engage local communities in its conservation, and encourage the NSW community to identify with it as a flagship for threatened species conservation.
This action statement aims to address key knowledge gaps for this species, which once resolved, can inform effective management of this species.
This action statement aims to ensure the security of this species in the long-term.
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.
This action statement aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term.
This action statement aims to secure this population in the long-term.
This action statement aims to maximise the extent of occurrence and condition of the ecological community across NSW.
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.
Your search returned one or more sites that are restricted due to the sensitive nature of either the species or the site. Individuals involved in management on these sites can access detailed information via the database.
The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:
|South Eastern Queensland
|NSW North Coast
|New England Tablelands
|Darling Riverine Plains
|Brigalow Belt South
|Murray Darling Depression
|NSW South Western Slopes
|South Eastern Highlands
|South East Corner
Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve
42% 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.
|Consolidate all available information, knowledge and assessment protocols to create a consensus of best practice guidelines, providing a single point source to advise land managers about powerful owl conservation. Update regularly. Seek novel educational frameworks that increase public interest in applying these guidelines.|| State
|Negotiate with relevant landholders to enter into agreements, particularly in-perpetuity covenants or stewardship agreements, that promote the retention of large old trees, riparian habitat, owl roost sites and other high value habitat (as developed in the best practice guidelines).|| Site
|In regions where high priority powerful owl populations can be increased and stabilised, improve habitat quality and reconstruct connectivity. Focus initially on restoration of arboreal habitat that will foster populations of habitat-specific mammalian prey. Create wide corridors, especially in riparian habitat where prey are potentially more abundant due to better resources and soil fertility.|| Area
|At sites where tree hollows are few or declining within high priority powerful owl populations, trial the installation of nest boxes to increase mammalian prey densities. Expand the program if demonstrated to be effective for owls and use as a tool to educate the public about the impact of hollow loss.|| Site, Area
|Encourage development of citizen science programs in urban areas where an increase in community engagement is likely to create broader conservation awareness of powerful owls.|| Area
|Document and protect known nests. Ensure that no habitat degradation occurs within 100m (e.g. hazard reduction burns or tree felling). Facilitate the location of new nest sites through observer training and encouragement.|| Site
How will this species be managed?
Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the Office of Environment and Heritage
and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial to the threatened species.
Currently, 2 management sites have been identified for this threatened species.