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).

9. Consultation and Community Participation

The original Action Plan was released as a draft in October 1997 for public comment (minimum 21 days). Availability of the draft was advertised in The Canberra Times. Following analysis of the comments, the final plan was released in January 1998.

As the one known location of the species is well within Namadgi National Park, little direct community involvement in the management of the species is likely.

10. Role and Interests of Indigenous People

Local indigenous communities are involved in the management of Namadgi National Park. The Australian Capital Territory Government entered into an agreement on 30 April 2001 with members of the Ngunnawal Aboriginal community that provides for joint management of the park by the parties to the agreement. An Interim Namadgi Advisory Board consists of five Aboriginal and five non-Aboriginal members. The board provides advice to the ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna on park planning and management matters.

11. Implementation

Environment ACT (Wildlife Research and Monitoring) will have responsibility for coordinating implementation of this Recovery Plan. In Namadgi National Park, the conservation and management of the species is also the responsibility of Environment ACT (ACT Parks and Conservation Service).

12. Duration of Recovery Plan and Estimated Costs

The Recovery plan is for a period of three years. Some of the actions specified in the plan are part of wider ACT land management e.g. feral pig control is undertaken as part of the ACT Vertebrate Pest Management Strategy (ACT Government 2002). Specific control measures may be needed at the Gentiana baeuerlenii site, which has been fenced. The estimated costs of implementing actions identified in this Recovery Plan are shown in Table 1.

Table 1 Estimated costs of implementing actions identified in this Recovery Plan
ACTION EXPENSES COST RESPONSIBILITY TIME FRAME
Survey/monitoring/research   (Total for three years)    
1. Awareness of the species Salary (1 day p.a. for 3 yrs) $1050 Environment ACT (WRM, ACT P&CS) Yr 1-3
2. Annual monitoring Salary (2 days p.a. for 3 yrs) $2100 Environment ACT (WRM, ACT P&CS) Yr 1-3
Specific management actions
1-5. Control of vegetation and other potential threats, fence maintenance Salary (field staff) (2 days p.a. for 3 yrs), equipment, vehicle $1950 Environment ACT (ACT P&CS) Yr 1-3
6. If plants re-emerge, evaluation and undertaking of recovery actions To be determined Tbd Environment ACT (WRM) and consultant No time scale definable
7. If plants re-emerge, evaluation of potential benefit of research into fire ecology To be determined Tbd Environment ACT (WRM) and consultant No time scale definable
TOTAL   $5100   3 years

Salary based on ACT SOG 'C' ($350 per day) (Survey/monitoring/research). Field staff cost based on GSO 5 ($175 per day) (Specific management actions).