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Booroolong frog and southern pygmy perch to benefit from forestry training

Endangered species such as the Booroolong frog, the southern pygmy perch and the Macquarie perch will be the key beneficiaries of a new training program designed for forestry industry workers.

Central Tablelands Local Lands Services is organising the specially tailored sediment and erosion control training course for forestry staff and contractors.

“Hume Forests and PF Olsen are the first forestry industry organisations to sign up for the new course, and we are expecting other industry players to get on board as this project rolls out,” said Casey Proctor from Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

The project will give forest managers and contractors expert training in how to lessen the impact of forestry operations on the environment in areas of key habitat for threatened species. The course will particularly focus on water quality and aquatic habitat in the creeks and streams that flow through forestry land.

Hume Forests Limited has committed to the training to improve their understanding of soil and water interaction and to ensure best management practice is applied when creating access tracks for forestry activities like timber harvesting.

“We are committed to the continual improvement of our forest management practices and we seek to prioritise the protection of threatened species by improved biosecurity controls and retained vegetation management,” said Hume Forests Technical Manager, Alan Cole.

“Preserving the Booroolong frog and the other unique native species living in our forests is an important focus for our local industry. Our partnership with Local Land Services is providing valuable advice and assistance in implementing practical measures to protect their habitat,” said Alan.

Forestry management service provider, PF Olsen Australia, will also participate in the training. PF Olsen Australia manages Booroolong frog and southern pygmy perch habitat in collaboration with Local Land Services in southern NSW.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Local Land Services, and continue to build on our knowledge and practices for the protection of biodiversity values across the forests we manage,” said National Operations Manager, Martin Crevatin.

The training program will support on ground work currently being implemented in forestry areas to address erosion and sedimentation around key waterways for endangered species.

“Erosion and sedimentation in creeks and streams are keys threats to frog and fish habitat,” explained Casey Proctor.

“Forestry often occurs on lighter soil types with steep gradients. This type of landscape presents some unique challenges to forest managers in planning and implementing road construction, harvesting and re-establishment activities.”

The sediment and erosion control training project is supported through Catchment Action NSW.

For more information about the management of threatened species in forested areas contact Casey Proctor on 0429 110 072 or email: casey.proctor@lls.nsw.gov.au

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