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Leadbeater's Possum - Correspondence between member of the public and Minister is associated with Cumberland Valley and Tommy's Bend, Victoria located at these coordinates -37.547421, 145.8495128


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Correspondence from a member of the public to Minister of Conservation.

Record Citation: VPRS 11559
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Agency: VA 551 Ministry for Conservation
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Date: 1981
Record Type: Correspondence
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User Tags: leadbeaters possum, possum, conservation, environment, forestry, vasey houghton, land conservation council, endangered species, melbourne study area, william vasey houghton




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PROV 60D 2012 03 02 017642 small.jpg 21st August 1981

Dear Sir, We would like to bring your attention the fate of a rare marsupial facing extinction in the area surrounding the upper Yarra reservoir. This animal is known as the Leadbeater's Possum. It was declared extinct in 1939 and rediscovered in 1961.

At the moment this animal's habitat is being threatened by the workings of the Australian Paper Manufacturers activities in this area and only the setting up of a national park can save this attractive species from extinction.

Any efforts on your part will be greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,


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PROV 60D 2012 04 16 016312 small.JPG Dear

The Honourable W.V. Houghton, M.L.C., Minister for Conservation, has asked me to acknowledge your letter of 21st August 1981, expressing your concern about the fate of the Leadbeater's Possum in the area surrounding the Upper Yarra Reservoir.

Mr. Houghton has arranged for this matter to be investigated and he will write to you further as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION.

Referred to the Director, Fisheries and Wildlife for comment.

DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION

Assessment - to prepare final reply.


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PROV 60D 2012 03 02 017644 small possum.jpg Fisheries and Wildlife Division


memorandum Received 29 SEP 1981 DIRECTOR OF COSERVATION


To: Mr J.D. Brookes, Director of Conservation

From: Director, Fisheries & Wildlfe Division

Subject: Leasbeaters Possum

File Fef.: 93/77/12(2) JKD:CA


21 September 1981


I Refer to a letter addressed to the Minister by on which you invited my comments.


Members of the general public often have a rather artificial and highly simplistic idea of what conservation of an endangered species entails.


the writers may be given a better appreciation of the scope and nature of the problem and the government response by the following information.


The area within which Leadbeaters Possum is at present known to occor measures roughly 75 km x 35 km and falls within the Melbourne Study Area of the Land Conservation Council. This Council has been constituted by the Victorian Government primarily for the purpose of carrying out investigations and making recommendations with respect to the public land in order to provide for the balanced use of land in Victoria.


In its Final Recommendations for the Melbourne Study Area the Council has designated the Baw Baw area as a National Park, the Lake Mountain area as a State Park and parts of the Upper Yarra catchment as a multipurpose park. In National Parks and State Parks the conservation of native flora and fauna is an essential feature of management. Therefore, both the possums and their habitat (native eucalyptus) are protected in these parks.

It has been recommended that the multi-purpose park be used to:-

(a) provide opportunities for recreation and education in natural environmnrts;

(b) conserve and protect the native animals and plants and landscope;

(c) produce hardwood timber.


The Fisheries and Wildlife Division is to be represented on a Committee which advises the managing authorities of the Yarra Valley multi-purpose Park and other bodies concerned with the park, on matters related to wildlife so that the management is consistent with (b) above.


Specific references to the Leabeater's Possum have also been made in Council's Final Recommendations, notably recommenations E9, E10, E12 and E13. These relate respectively to the Marysville Forest, the Rubicon Forest, the Thompson Forest and the Tarago - Latrobe Forest which collectively have a total area in excess of 145,000 h.a.


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The land Conservation Council has proposed that thses areas (which include parts of the Upper Thompson and Upper Yarra catchments) should be used primarily to produce hardwood timber. However, the Council has gone on to recommend that, in each of thses instances, the Conservation of Leadbeater's Possum and other species closely associated with mountain ash forest should be provided for in management prescriptions in agreement with the Fisheries and Wildlife Division.


I believe that this will provide a very substantial physical framework within which management techniques can be developed to ensure the conservation of the possum.


In due corse I would appreciate receiving a copy of the reply prepared by the Assessments Branch, for our file.



G.L. SWARTZ

Director


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PROV 60D 2012 03 02 017646 small .jpg Ref.: 34/5/13




Dear


Concerning your letter of 21st August 1981 about protection of Leadbeaters Possum, I have asked Fisheries and Wildlife Division to comment on the matter and I can now offer you the following information.


The area within which Leadbeaters Possum is at present known to occur measures roughly 75 km x 35 km and falls within Melbourne Study Area of the Land Conservation Council. This Council has been constituted by the Victorian Government primarily for the purpose of carrying out investigations and making recommendations with respect to the public land in order to provide for the balanced use of land in Victoria.


In its Final Recommendations for the Melbourne Study Area the Council has designated the Baw Baw area as a National Park, the Lake Mountain area as a State Park and parts of the Upper Yarra catchment as a multi-purpose park. In National Parks and State Parks the conservation of native flora and fauna is an essential feature of management. Therefore, both the possums and their habitat (native eucalyptus) are protected in these parks. It has been recommended that the multi-purpose park be used to:-


(a) provide opportunities for recreation and education in natural environments;


(b) conserve and protect the native animals and plants and landscape;


(c) produce hardwood timber.


The Fisheries and Wildlife Division is to be represented on a Committee which advises the managing authorities of the Yarra Valley multi-purpose Park and other bodies concerned with the park, on matters related to wildlife so that the management is consistent with (b) above.


Specific references to Leadbeaters Possum have also been made in Council's Final Recommendations, notably recommendations E9, E10, E12 and E13, which have been adopted by the Government.


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These relate respectively to the Marysville Forest, the Rubicon Forest, the Thompson Forest and the Tarago - Latrobe Forest which collectively have a total area in excess of 145,000 h.a.


The Land Conservation Council has proposed that these areas (which include parts of the Upper Thompson and Upper Yarra catchments) should be used primarily to produce hardwood timber. However, the Council has gone on to recommend that, in each of these instances, the Conservation of Leadbeaters Possum and other species closely associated with mountain ash forest, should be provided for in management prescriptions in agreement with the Fisheries and Wildlife Division.


I believe that this will provide a framework within which management techniques can be developed to ensure the conservation of the possum.


Yours sincerely,



W.V. Houghton,

Minister for Conservation.


c.c. Director, Fisheries and Wildlife for information

(ref. 93/77/12(2) JKD:CA).

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