National recovery plan for Tuggeranong Lignum (Muehlenbeckia tuggeranong)

A Recovery Plan under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth), based on an Action Plan (Action Plan No. 24) prepared for the species under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 (ACT).

11. Implementation

Environment ACT (Wildlife Research and Monitoring) will have responsibility for coordinating implementation of this Recovery Plan. In the Murrumbidgee River Corridor 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. The estimated costs of implementing actions identified in the Plan are shown in Table 1.

Table1: Estimated costs of implementing actions identified in this Recovery Plan
ACTION EXPENSES COST RESPONSIBILITY TIME FRAME
Survey/monitoring/research (Total for three years)  
1. Annual monitoring Salary (1 day p.a. for 3 yrs) $1050 Environment ACT (WRM, ACT P&CS) Yr 1-3
2. Awareness of the species Salary (1 day p.a. for 3 yrs) $1050 Environment ACT (WRM) Yr 1-3
3. Liaison with NSW NPWS Salary (1 day p.a. for 3 yrs) $1050 Environment ACT (WRM, ACT P&CS) Yr 1-3
Specific Management Actions
1. Encouragement of research Salary (2 days p.a. for 3 yrs) $2100 Environment ACT (WRM) Yr 1-3
2-3. Avoid development of facilities/maintain 'low profile' of site Salary (1 day p.a. for 3 yrs) $1050 Environment ACT (ACT P&CS) Yr 1-3
4. Additions to management plans/strategies Salary (2 day p.a. for 3 yrs) $2100 Environment ACT (WRM) Yr 1-3
5. Undertaking controlled pollination Salary (2 days)/ Field staff (4 days)/ Consultant (6 days) $6200 Environment ACT (WRM) and consultant Yr 3
TOTAL   $14 600   3 years

Salary based on ACT SOG 'C' ($350 per day). Field staff cost based on GSO 5 ($175 per day). Consultant fee based on $800 per day.
WRM: Wildlife Research and Monitoring
ACT P&CS: ACT Parks and Conservation Service
MRC: Murrumbidgee River Corridor

13. References

ACT Government 1998 Murrumbidgee River Corridor. Management Plan. Department of Urban Services, Canberra.

ACT Government 1999 Tuggeranong Lignum (Muehlenbeckia tuggeranong): an endangered species, Action Plan No. 24. Environment ACT, Canberra.

Carey, A., Evans, M., Hann, P.,Lintermans, M., MacDonald, T., Ormay, P., Sharp, S., Shorthouse, D. and Webb, N. 2003 Wildfires in the ACT 2003: Report on initial impacts on natural ecosystems, Technical Report 17. Environment ACT, Canberra.

Makinson, R.O. & Mallinson, D.J., 1997 Muehlenbeckia tuggeranong (Polygonaceae): A new species from the Canberra district, Telopea 7(3): 215219.

Acknowledgements

Mr Bob Makinson, Curator of the Australian National Herbarium, who advised of the discovery of the eighth plant in the Murrumbidgee River Corridor.

Mr David Mallinson, of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, who provided advice to the Flora and Fauna Committee to assist in determining the status of the species.

The illustration of the species (Figure 1) was prepared for Environment ACT by John Pratt. A substantial component of this was adapted from the illustration used in Makinson and Mallinson (1997) that was prepared by Mr Frank Stadler, a postgraduate research student at the School of Biology, Macquarie University, Sydney.