National recovery plan for a sub-alpine herb (Gentiana baeuerlenii)

A Recovery Plan under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth), based on an Action Plan (Action Plan No. 5) prepared for the species under the ACT Nature Conservation Act 1980 (ACT).

5. Conservation and Management Actions

Survey/monitoring/research

As it is very unlikely that the species exists anywhere else in the ACT, surveys beyond its immediate location are not economically justified. However, awareness of the species by field workers and others is important for potentially locating other sites. Contact will be maintained with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service regarding the species.

  1. Environment ACT (Wildlife Research and Monitoring (WR&M)) will advise field workers, interested naturalists and conservation groups of the presence of the species to increase the potential that any other existing populations are identified;
  2. Environment ACT (WR&M) will monitor the site of the known population annually.

Specific Management Actions

Management of the G. baeuerlenii site will be directed to maintaining site conditions and monitoring for the re-emergence of the plants. If the species re-emerges, the recovery recommendations outlined by Young (2001) will be evaluated and appropriate actions taken, depending, for example, upon the extent of regeneration. The management actions being undertaken are unlikely to have any adverse impact on other native species or ecological communities. The bushfires that burnt most of Namadgi National Park in 2003 had minimal effect on the site (Carey et al. 2003).

  1. The site will kept open if necessary, by artificially trimming the tussock grass during the non-flowering season. This will be done by careful use of a 'whipper-snipper' and removing cut grass by raking to avoid continuous build up of decaying matter that smothers soil and small plants. Any spread of tea-tree will be monitored and appropriately controlled. (Annual)
  2. Herbicide will not be used anywhere in the vicinity of the site, where there is any possibility of it adversely affecting the species. (Ongoing)
  3. Activities, such as track development, which could alter drainage, will not be allowed near the site. (Ongoing)
  4. Feral pig control in the area will be maintained. (Annual, ongoing)
  5. The site will be protected from uncontrolled fire. (Ongoing)
  6. If the species re-emerges, the recovery actions outlined by Young (2001) will be evaluated and appropriate actions undertaken. (No time scale definable)
  7. If the species re-emerges, the potential benefit of research into its fire ecology will be evaluated. (No time scale definable)

Performance Criteria

  1. The site of the population of Gentiana baeuerlenii is monitored annually. (Annual)
  2. Existing habitat conditions are maintained by site management (control of tussock grasses and tea-tree) and control or avoidance of potential threats (herbicide use, feral pigs, track development or other works, uncontrolled fire). (Annual/ongoing)
  3. If the species re-emerges, the recovery actions outlined by Young (2001) are evaluated and appropriate actions undertaken. (No time scale definable).

Evaluation of Performance

Environment ACT has primary responsibility for implementation of this Recovery Plan and will review progress of the Plan after three years, using the above performance criteria. The review will be reported to the ACT Flora and Fauna Committee providing the opportunity to assess progress and establish revised directions and priorities for future conservation action.