Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, 2011
This Recovery Plan addresses the conservation requirements of fourteen Tasmanian threatened ferns that are currently listed on the schedules of the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 (TSP Act) or Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act; Table 1). The Plan relies heavily upon the work of Michael Garrett and other fern enthusiasts in the 1980s and early 1990s, culminating in the publication of The ferns of Tasmania – their ecology and distribution (Garrett 1996). Nine of the ferns to be considered in this Plan, those taxa deemed to occur in forested landscapes or at least in forest ecotones, were examined during the lead up to the Regional Forest Agreement between Tasmania and the Commonwealth of Australia (Garrett 1997).
In the fourteen years since the study of Garrett (1997) new populations of several of the threatened fern taxa have been discovered, while the reservation status of some species has been improved. This Plan provides up-to-date information on each of the fourteen fern taxa, and includes descriptions of the morphology, distribution and habitat of each taxon, identifies existing conservation measures, major threats and limiting factors, and proposes strategies and actions for their conservation over a five-year period. Adoption as a national Recovery Plan only refers to species listed under the EPBC Act.