ACTION ALERT - 14 april 2009
Support the protection of Australia's native woodlands
The nomination and technical workshop report can be accessed at: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/communities/inland-grey-box-woodland.html
Public comment periods tend to result in an avalanche of submissions from vested interest groups against protecting ecological communities ' it is essential that we use this opportunity to show the wealth of public support for conserving our threatened native habitats.
Inland Grey Box Woodlands provide habitat for an abundance of animal species. This includes an astonishing 150 bird species, 88 of which are listed as threatened species either nationally and / or in South Australia, Victoria or NSW. The community is also home to a number of threatened mammals such as the black-striped wallaby, eastern long-eared bat, spotted-tailed quoll and squirrel glider.
Since European settlement, there has been a severe decline in Inland Grey Box Woodlands throughout NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Land-clearing, agricultural development, cropping, and grazing have so devastated the community that in NSW alone, a mere 15% of its original extent is thought to remain, and most of this is heavily fragmented and degraded. Recognising the ongoing threats to this community, particularly in light of its extreme decline, the NSW Scientific Committee made the decision in 2007 to list it as Endangered under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act.
Extending across three States, it follows that national protection under the EPBC Act is its best chance for long term recovery and survival.
Further information on the listing of threatened ecological communities under the EPBC Act can be found at: www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/communities.html.
Please send us copies of any responses you receive. Thank you.