Devil’s in the de­tail

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN Mc­MANUS

WORK has started on a Der­went Val­ley project which aims to re­store na­tive for­est on an ex-pine plan­ta­tion site to im­prove the man­age­ment of a Tas­ma­nian devil den.

The project, run by Boyer­based Norske Skog, in­volves restor­ing about 30ha of na­tive for­est on a site in the Floren­tine Val­ley, and has re­ceived fed­eral fund­ing.

It will pro­tect a ma­ter­nal Tas­ma­nian devil den, karst land­forms in­clud­ing ex­ten­sive caves and sink­holes, and im­prove na­tive for­est con­nec­tiv­ity.

The For­est Prac­tices Au­thor­ity in part­ner­ship with Norske Skog has been mon­i­tor­ing the den since about 2011, and the restora­tion project started last week.

Re­for­esta­tion will use a com­bi­na­tion of di­rect seed­ing and plant­ing, and fol­low-up weed­ing and fire man­age­ment will oc­cur.

Norske Skog for­est cer­ti­fi­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Michael Schofield said the 30ha of the project con­nects with ex­ist­ing rem­nant na­tive veg­e­ta­tion.

“There’s plenty of ma­ter­nal devil dens in Tas­ma­nia, but there’s very few that are ac­tu­ally known,

they’re quite a cryptic an­i­mal,” Mr Schofield said.

“To have a his­tory of five years pre-har­vest, then a har­vest­ing pe­riod, and then now we’ve got an op­por­tu­nity to see what sort of man­age­ment we can put on that site to en­sure that the devils con­tinue to use that site.

“A lot of peo­ple think planta- tions are a bit of a void area for flora and fauna, but there are cer­tainly val­ues in plan­ta­tion.”

It is the only Tas­ma­nian project that re­ceived fund­ing un­der Round 3 of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s 20 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram, re­ceiv­ing $30,000.

Fed­eral fund­ing runs for three years, but will con­tinue un­der Norske Skog for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod.

NOW AND DEN: The Tas­ma­nian devils' den at a Norske Skog site in the Floren­tine Val­ley.

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