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Vegetation Management Plan East Ulverstone Coastal Reserve July 2010

Summary Cradle Coast NRM, through funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country, engaged Bushways Environmental Services Tasmania to provide a vegetation management plan of the Coastal Reserve at East Ulverstone from Dial Street Reserve to Fish Pond. The vegetation in the coastal reserve was mostly Coast Wattle Coastal Scrub, with a remnant of White Gum Coastal Forest in the Dial Street Reserve and a small area of Saltmarsh vegetation on rocky shores at Fish Pond. Threatened Eastern Barred Bandicoots occur here. Diggings and scats likely to be of this species were found in the open grassy areas of Dial St Reserve, and the species is known to residents. There are also some protected Little Penguins at Fish Pond. Threats to coastal habitat were identified during the survey and from discussion with local people and experts. Issues include human disturbance, such as clearing and mowing of vegetation, informal tracks through the coastal reserve, weed invasions, dog and cat control and fire threat. Sea level rise is likely to impact the coastal habitat on this site, with associated issues such as loss of habitat, erosion and increased storm water flows. Management recommendations include revegetation and habitat restoration, track rationalisation, weed control, monitoring, community involvement and liaison with stakeholders. Four management zones have been defined based on environmental characteristics, habitat condition, habitat recovery potential and the actions required to improve habitat considering the major impacts identified and likely to occur. They are: • Protection Zone: Dial Street Reserve and Fish Pond – highest priority • Beach Rehabilitation Zone: Buttons Beach, West and East • Focussed Revegetation Zone: Buttons Creek, West and East • Very Weedy Zone: eastern end of Buttons beach The Buttons Creek Rehabilitation Plan addresses revegetation and weed control for this public area. Other areas to be targeted for revegetation include: 1. Buttons Creek West and East, (Buttons Creek Rehabilitation Plan see section 5.1.3) 2. Site opposite Oz Rock Inn (see Appendix 10), 3. Site on Buttons Beach East, at the stormwater outlet, and 4. Backdunes and roadside of Buttons Beach West and East. Throughout the area it is important to consider and protect fauna, especially threatened and protected wildlife such as shorebirds, Eastern Barred Bandicoots and Little Penguins. Strategic Priorities have been identified as: 1. Protect Dial Street Reserve and Fish Pond and maintain the good condition of vegetation. 2. Weed control at Dial Street Reserve and Fish Pond. 3. Identify and provide formal beach accesses - and close informal access tracks. 4. Focussed rehabilitation of Buttons Creek. 5. Revegetation at the lookout car park, at site opposite Oz Rock Inn and at the stormwater outlet on Buttons Beach East. 6. Revegetation of gaps in scrub and the back dunes of Buttons Beach East and West. 7. Control Sea Spurge, Sea Wheat Grass and sparse invasive weeds across the site. 8. Do follow-up maintenance of plantings (e.g. address fallen guards, control weeds around plantings, water in summer). 9. Involve the community by a. engaging stakeholders in implementing actions, b. providing educational signage, brochures, and other resources, and c. conducting community education and awareness events, etc. Bushways Environmental Services Tasmania 5

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East Ulverstone Coastal Reserve Vegetation Management Plan  

East Ulverstone Coastal Reserve Vegetation Management Plan 2010

East Ulverstone Coastal Reserve Vegetation Management Plan  

East Ulverstone Coastal Reserve Vegetation Management Plan 2010