Nature conservation

Threatened species

Subtropical Coastal Floodplain Forest of the New South Wales North Coast Bioregion

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This is a threatened ecological community. ******NOTE: THIS IS A DRAFT PROJECT (Aug 2018)*****

Management areas and sites across NSW

Critical actions for this ecological community

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed ecological communities are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change. 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 ecological community 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
Implement weed management to limit re-invasion from upstream sites. Area
Use an Integrated Weed Management approach to control transformer weeds species (e.g. those species capable of altering the character, condition or form of the community) where impacting or likely to impact on the TEC. Where appropriate use a staged approach and use methods that reduce off-target damage. Control of weeds should include all problematic species. Schedule regular follow up work to maintain effective weed management. Site
Encourage landholders/managers to engage in weed identification and intervention, and to implement prevention measures using current best management practices. Encourage landholders/managers to identify weed threats early by monitoring invasion pathways. Site, Area
Engage with Local Government and Local Land Services to minimise impacts from weed spraying activities when managing roadsides within or adjacent to the TEC. Area
Identify areas to target for connectivity, revegetation and augmentation work then regenerate and/or reconstruct these habitats. Reconstruction plantings should include species from all strata found in the TEC. Planting could be continuous or as a stepping stone or buffering approach. Natural revegetation should be promoted where possible. Site, Area
Where the TEC occurs on private lands, consult with landholders about entering voluntary conservation agreements or other form of long-term, in perpetuity conservation/stewardship agreement. Site
Identify sites prone to sea-level rise impacts and use as a genetic source (seed collection) for retreat sites at higher locations. Identify higher sites as re-establishment sites and work with land managers to establish these sites. Site, Area
Investigate the impact of climate change on flowering phenology and plant/animal interactions (i.e. pollination networks). Area
Liaise with landholders to minimise and manage grazing impacts on the TEC, including the exclusion of stock through the erection of fences and provision of off-stream water points, or through reducing stocking density if fencing is impractical (e.g. frequent flooding) and natural regeneration is not impacted. Site
Identify Travelling Stock Reserves where the TEC occurs and work with Local Land Services to manage these areas for conservation purposes. Site
Implement best practice measures to control, prevent and restore Bell Miner Associated Dieback. Follow recommendations in "An independent review of bell miner associated dieback - Final Report, June 2017" by Knowledge Ecology commissioned by NSW government. s/vegetation/bell-minerassociated-diebackindependent-review.pdf Site
Provide residents with the TEC on their property with information about how to identify TEC plant and animal species as well as threats to the community such as clearing, grazing, weeds and altered fire regimes. This may be done through field days, plant identification workshops, information packages and other community engagement activities. Engage with sympathetic landholders and utilise peer-to peer learning with other landholders. Area, Site
Prevent damage and disturbance by managing access to the TEC through the installation of bollards, gates, and/or fencing at strategic locations and/or the use of deterrent signage. Encourage natural regeneration or reconstruction plantings if required following any track closures. Site
Liaise with the Forestry Corporation, Local Land Services, and other land managers to provide advice on the impact of the removal of timber for fence posts and firewood, and encourage prevention of timber removal (standing and fallen) within the TEC. Area
Work with land managers to reinstate appropriate fire frequency across the TEC through the application of prescribed burns or fire suppression activities as appropriate. Site
Restore natural hydrological regimes where possible through the appropriate management of flood mitigation infrastructure. Area, Site
Implement a water sensitive design that benefits the TEC such as planting of buffer zones to trap nutrients and the design and installation of detention basins that have an ecological value so that hydrology is improved. Encourage Councils and other land managers to plan holistically when installing water infrastructure. Area, Site
Provide residents with information about the impacts on the TEC from activities such as draining to discourage mosquitoes. Include information about insects that are beneficial to the TEC. Area, Site
Assess and document the current fire frequency status in each management area by comparing time since fire across the TEC. Site, Area, State
Establish sites where canopy closure and ground layer plant communities can be monitored to determine fire thresholds. Site

How will this ecological community be managed?

Key management sites for this ecological community are being identified by the Office of Environment and Heritage and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial to the ecological community. Currently, 3 management sites have been identified for this ecological community.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Far North Coast - Contestable grant site Priority management siteActive Ballina 
North Coast (North Coast Local Land Services) - Contestable grant site Priority management siteActive Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca 
North Coast (Coffs Harbour City Council) - Contestable grant site Priority management siteActive Coffs Harbour 

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

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