National recovery plan for the East Lynne Midge Orchid (Genoplesium vernale)

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, May 2002
ISBN 0 731 36253 5

Executive Summary

This document constitutes the formal National and New South Wales State Recovery Plan for the East Lynne Midge Orchid Genoplesium vernale. It considers the conservation requirements of the species across its known range, identifies the future actions to be taken to ensure the long-term viability of the East Lynne Midge Orchid in nature and the parties who will carry these out.

The East Lynne Midge Orchid is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and Vulnerable (Schedule 2) on the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act). It is a small terrestrial orchid that flowers in late spring to early summer. This species occurs in NSW and on Commonwealth land at Jervis Bay, and is confined to a narrow band extending from approximately 17 km south of Batemans Bay to 24 km north of Ulladulla. The populations in NSW are almost equally distributed between State Forest and National Park.

The first actions to recover this species commenced 1998. Since then surveys have been conducted and discussions with officers from State Forests have taken place regarding the ongoing recovery program. These previous actions are described in this Plan.

The future Recovery Actions detailed in this Recovery Plan include; (i) further survey to locate additional populations, (ii) sites are afforded appropriate long term protection, (iii) monitoring of selected sites, (iv) investigating the general ecology of the species, (v) encouraging community involvement in the conservation of the species, and (vi) maintenance of an active and effective Recovery Team.

It is intended that this Recovery Plan will be implemented over a period of five years. Much of the Plan will be implemented using the existing resources of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Commonwealth Natural Heritage Trust funding already provided for this purpose. An additional $21,200 will be required to implement some currently unfunded actions.

BRIAN GILLIGAN
Director-General

BOB DEBUS MP
Minister for the Environment

Acknowledgments

The following members of the Recovery Team and their respective agencies/organisations are thanked for their assistance with the preparation of this Recovery Plan and with the implementation of Recovery Actions to date.

John Briggs (NSW NPWS, Southern Directorate)
Mike Crowley (State Forests of NSW)
David Cunningham (NSW NPWS, Ulladulla Area)
Robert Evans (State Forests of NSW)
David Jones (CPBR CSIRO)
Terry McCoy (RTA)
Genevieve Wright (NSW NPWS, Southern Directorate)

Robert Evans of State Forests of NSW is particularly thanked for his efforts with the 1998 and 2000 surveys for the species, which greatly increased knowledge of its distribution. Warwick Smith (NSW NPWS, Southern Directorate) is thanked for his assistance in preparing an early draft of the Recovery Plan and for assistance with field surveys in 1998.

Environment Australia has provided funding for the preparation of the Recovery Plan and the implementation of some interim actions.

Special thanks is extended to John Riley for providing illustrations of Genoplesium vernale used on the cover of this Plan.

Introduction

The East Lynne Midge Orchid (Genoplesium vernale D. L. Jones) is a small ground orchid found only in a narrow belt of dry sclerophyll forest from about 17 km south of Batemans Bay to 24 km north of Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast.

This document constitutes the formal National and State Recovery Plan for the East Lynne Midge Orchid. It considers the requirements of the species across its known range, identifies the actions to be taken to ensure its the long-term viability and the parties who will carry these out.

The attainment of the objectives of this Recovery Plan is subject to budgetary and other constraints affecting the parties involved. It is also subject to amendments, if necessary. The information this Plan is based on is accurate to May 2002.