Leadbeater's Possum Projects - VicForests pre-harvest surveys
VicForests Leadbeater’s Possum pre-harvest surveys
VicForests has developed a procedure for conducting pre-harvest surveys to further support the recovery of Leadbeater’s Possum.
The surveys are conducted in areas available for timber harvesting and compliment current measures for protecting Leadbeater’s Possum habitat.
The survey approach and intensity is very similar to that used by Arthur Rylah Institute in their broader survey program for the species.
To date we have had a high rate of Leadbeater’s Possum detections with seven new possum colonies identified across surveys in 12 timber harvesting coupes.
Pre-harvest surveys for Leadbeater’s Possum are conducted in areas that are identified as having the species habitat characteristics and/or colonies of Leadbeater’s Possum nearby.
This approach is proving to be effective at identifying the areas that are most likely to contain Leadbeater’s Possum colonies and are requiring additional management actions.
When VicForests do locate a new Leadbeater’s Possum colony, a 12 hectare protection zone is immediately placed around the detection to protect the colony from any timber harvesting operations.
These surveys are contributing to a broader survey program run by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Arthur Rylah Institute.