The Recovery Plan for the Bathurst Copper Butterfly (Paralucia spinifera) 2001-2006
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Environment Australia, June 2001
ISBN 0 7313 62829
This guideline has been formulated in consultation with State Forests of NSW and includes recommendations for the management of forestry operations on land containing known or potential Bathurst Copper Butterfly habitat.
Clearing of Bathurst Copper Butterfly habitat
Potential or known Bathurst Copper Butterfly habitat will not be cleared as a result of forestry operations. Known sites are those identified in this recovery plan, and those that the NPWS has provided notification of to State Forests of NSW. Potential habitat refers to sites that generally meet the parameters of habitat described within this recovery plan. Factors to be considered in assessing whether a site offers potential habitat include; presence of host plant, proximity to other Bathurst Copper Butterfly sites, altitude, and aspect.
Prior to the commencement of forestry operations (such as native forest harvesting or pine plantation establishment), a buffer zone surrounding Bathurst Copper Butterfly habitat will be maintained. The buffer will consist of locally indigenous vegetation, and will be of sufficient width to prevent impacts on Bathurst Copper Butterfly habitat. Potential impacts to be considered in the design of the buffers include; changes to soil and water properties, and the maintenance of solar radiation levels through the prevention of shading of habitat throughout the life of the forest or plantation. The width of the buffer will depend upon the slope and aspect of the lands, drainage patterns and the location of plantation in relation to the Bathurst Copper Butterfly habitat.