Species affected by bushfires listed as threatened

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The Minister for Environment and Water today classifies the southeastern glossy cockatoo and the mountain skink as threatened under national environmental legislation.

The registration of a species in environmental law can provide it with the support of a recovery plan or conservation advice, funding and support to bounce back. The government has pledged to provide $224.5 million in addition to forward estimates to help halt species declines and restore populations of endangered plants and animals.

Minister Tanya Plibersek has accepted the recommendation of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee to list the southeastern glossy black cockatoo as vulnerable on the endangered species list under the Environment Protection and Conservation Act 1999. conservation of biodiversity (EPBC law).

The minister has listed the mountain skink as endangered. It is found in isolated patches of rocky habitat in the mountains and subalpine areas of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Both species were severely impacted by the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires and were prioritized for listing assessment following the fires.

A comprehensive statutory conservation notice is now in place for both species to guide their protection and conservation.

A national recovery plan for the Southeastern Glossy Cockatoo will also be developed to further facilitate conservation action across its national range and to coordinate management across multiple jurisdictions and various stakeholder groups, including peoples and communities. of First Nations.

The Australian Government is investing over $1 million in projects benefiting the Southeastern Glossy Cockatoo through on-the-ground actions, including citizen science surveys and coordination of cross-government monitoring, installation of nesting boxes, revegetation and protection of the black oak, which is their main source of food and habitat.

An investment of $800,000 is supporting the recovery and conservation of alpine reptiles, including the mountain skink, through the protection of their known and suspected habitat and surveys to learn more about this illusory skink.

Quotes attributable to Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek:

“Today I listed the mountain skink as endangered under national environmental law.

“At the same time, I listed the beloved southeastern glossy black cockatoo as vulnerable.

“The damage from the Black Summer bushfires is still being felt today and can be seen in these listings today.

“The fires have had an immense impact on our environment, from a small reptile found in the mountains to a bird that is at home on the coast – there is still a lot of work to be done.

“The Australian Government is committed to the Native Species Conservation Program which will strengthen the protection of many endangered species such as these, tackle invasive species and strengthen conservation planning required by national wildlife legislation. the environment.

“We work closely with experts and community groups to help prevent species decline and restore populations of endangered plants and animals.

“These checklists will ensure the prioritization of recovery actions to protect both species and offer national conservation advice.”

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