Se­cur­ing the fu­ture of threat­ened long-nosed po­toroos

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

FORESTRY COR­PO­RA­TION of NSW is con­tin­u­ing to trap en­dan­gered long-nosed po­toroos in State forests south of Eden and re­lo­cate them to more suit­able habi­tats to pro­mote their sur­vival.

Forestry Eden-based Cor­po­ra­tion’s Se­nior Field Ecol­o­gist, Peter Kam­bouris, said fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful re­lease of 23 po­toroos into Bood­eree Na­tional Park in Spring 2014, they re­lo­cated an­other 13 an­i­mals late in Oc­to­ber.

The sur­vival of the po­toroos is a credit to sev­eral agen­cies work­ing in­clud­ing Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion, Parks Aus­tralia and Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity.

“When Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion’s mon­i­tor­ing of the po­toroos sug­gested num­bers were ro­bust enough to sup­port a translo­ca­tion from State forests into the Bood­eree Na­tional Park, we be­gan plan­ning this event,” Peter said.

“Teams from Bood­eree Na­tional Park, the Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion and the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity set traps in State forests near Eden.

“The long-nosed po­toroo was also one of the first species to in­crease in pop­u­la­tion since Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion changed its bait­ing in 2008 from a tra­di­tional sea­sonal pro­gram to on­go­ing land­scape con­trol span­ning more than 100,000 hectares.

“The rein­tro­duc­tion of the species from State forests into the na­tional park es­tate is a piv­otal mile­stone in the strate­gic man­age­ment of pest an­i­mals and threat­ened species in NSW. It is ev­i­dence that de­clin­ing trends in crit­i­cal weight range mam­mals can be re­versed with ef­fec­tive man­age­ment of their threats and mon­i­tor­ing.”

The po­toroos are trapped, checked, and re­leased into Bood­eree Na­tional Park on the same day in or­der to min­imise any stress on the an­i­mals.

At­ten­tion is also be­ing given to en­sur­ing the po­toroos rep­re­sent a par­tic­u­lar male to fe­male ra­tio, re­pro­duc­tive sta­tus, age and con­di­tion.

This po­toroo is head­ing for a bet­ter life.

Kar­rie Rose, Jane Hall, Nick Dex­ter, Peter Kam­bouris.

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