The Tasmanian Conservationist

TCT HAS BEEN WRITING ON CONSERVATION ISSUES IN TASMANIA FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS.

As such we have a large volume of written resources. Our periodical newsletter is reproduced here, with the most recent posts appearing first, keep scrolling down to see posts in chronological order.

If you are looking for something specific you can use this search function to find past articles.

Search by keywords that you think may appear in the article. For instance, if looking for information on the Super Trawler, search "Super Trawler". We also publish our Submissions and Policy documents online. Below are some of our most common topics.

Looking beyond the Liberals’ ‘Developers First’ approach to planning

Looking beyond the Liberals’ ‘Developers First’ approach to planning

The state government has finalised its State Planning Provisions. The SPP will then come into force at a municipal level as each local council’s Local Provisions are approved by the Minister for Planning, Peter Gutwein. This may not happen until early 2018 and there is a chance that the government’s proposed ‘single state-wide planning scheme’ will not be in place in any municipality before the election is called.

Call for articles

Call for articles

The Tasmanian Conservation Trust is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from people wishing to write an evidence-based critique or essay on a conservation related issue relevant to Tasmania. The article will be 900 to 1200 words on an important issue which currently gets inadequate coverage and debate, or a new perspective on a prominent issue.

A little good news on forestry from Norske Skog

A little good news on forestry from Norske Skog

On 3 February 2017 Norske Skog’s Forest Certification Coordinator Michael Schofield took me on a field trip to two sites on the company’s forest estate in the Derwent Valley, one near Lake Repulse and the other next to the Tyenna River near Maydena. Although fairly informal, this was part of the company’s annual Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stakeholder consultation. Norske received FSC certification in 2011.

Tasmanian cat management plan

Tasmanian cat management plan

In June 2016 the TCT made its submission to the Draft Tasmanian Cat Management Plan. The state government has been very slow to assess and respond to public comments and has not yet finalised the plan. Part of the reason for this long delay is that the plan includes a raft of very significant legislative changes, including a number that are controversial and need careful consideration before they can be announced as part of a final plan. We understand that the Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, intends to introduce the amendments in July 2017.

Bandicoots in backyards: how to protect them from dogs and cats

Bandicoots in backyards: how to protect them from dogs and cats

Over the past 200 years Australia (along with Central America) is the country that has recorded the highest number of mammal species that have suffered major decline or extinction due to invasive predators, with the red fox and feral cat the most damaging. Globally, cats, rodents, dogs and pigs threaten the greatest numbers of endangered vertebrates1.

A major reason that native animals are so vulnerable to introduced predators is thought to be their naivety – failure to recognise and defend themselves against the threat2. Understanding how native prey respond to invasive predators can help protect vulnerable species.