Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

PO Box 987

Civic Square ACT 2608

Phone: 02 62.. ....

Ms Julie Pearson

Project Manager

Brown Consulting (ACT) Pty Ltd

PO Box 5004

LYNEHAM ACT 2602

Dear Ms Pearson

Please find attached comments from Friends of Grasslands (FoG) on four proposed fire trails in Namadgi National Park and Bullen Range Nature Reserve. You will be aware that FoG participated in a recent discussion on these proposals with other local community environment groups, organised by Trish Harrup, Director of the Conservation Council of the South East Region and Canberra.

FoG is a non-profit organisation incorporated in the ACT and dedicated to supporting threatened grassy ecosystems in south-east Australia. FoG advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on‑ground work. FoG has over 200 members, most from the ACT and SE NSW, including professional ecologists and others associated with natural resource management sciences, farmers, landowners and managers, members of Landcare and Parkcare groups, and dedicated conservationists. FoG members are familiar with the areas on which the trails are proposed, and with the significant ecological values of both the park and reserve which could be put at risk by inappropriate management.

FoG understands that fire trails are required to provide acces to isolated areas, including to allow for hazard reduction and back-burning. However, trailworks cause both initial and ongoing impacts along their alignment and in adjacent areas, which require careful management. FoG is concerned, that without adequate information on vegetation communities and other environmental values likely to be affected by the proposed works, it is not possible to make an assessment of the likely impacts.

Yours sincerely

Kim Pullen

President

18 May 2007

 

FoG comments on proposed fire trails within Namadgi National Park and Bullen Range Nature Reserve

 

General comments

 

FoG is concerned that for each of the proposed trails:

Specific comments on each of the proposed trails follow

 

Bullen Range Fire Trail

 

FoG members who are very familiar with this area are concerned that the background justification for this trail, given its location, has not been sufficiently established.

 

Orroral Tors Fire Trail

FoG understands:

that there are a number of threatened and rare species that might be jeopardised by this trail

rock areas are important peregrine falcon nesting sites, and these might be compromised by opening up the area

FoG is concerned that a fire trail through this area may damage tors.

FoG members who are very familiar with this area strongly oppose this proposed trail being built. FoG understands that current trails might be used as the basis of an alternative route.

 

Stockyard Link Fire Trail

 

FoG is concerned that:

FoG members who are very familiar with this area are very concerned about this proposed fire trail.

 

Spencers Border Fire Trail

 

FoG members who are very familiar with this believe that, given the existing trail on the NSW side of the border, the ACT Government should wait to see if access problems currently created by one private landholder can be resolved.