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Slender Tree Ferns in South Gippsland

Slender Tree Ferns

Approximately 200 Slender Tree Ferns have been discovered around Turton’s Creek near Foster.

Slender Tree Ferns are considered a ‘critically endangered’ plant species in Victorian with an estimated 1,000 left in the State. The discovery of this substantial population in South Gippsland represents over 20% of Slender Tree Ferns known to exist in the area.

Considered a rarity within Victoria’s ecological landscape, Slender Fern Trees demonstrate resilience against the looming threat of extinction.

South Gippsland Shire Council's Statement 9/05/2024

"Council is aware of the growing community concern relating to the threat to and protection of critically endangered slender tree ferns recently discovered in Turton’s Creek, and specifically those located on the Fellas Coupe HVP Plantation. We understand the seriousness and time critical nature of this issue.

In February this year, following a local discovery, Council commissioned and received an independent survey which confirmed the presence and location of Slender Tree Ferns in a southern gully of the HVP Plantations Fellas Coup.

Following this, Council have been communicating with HVP Plantations relating to these issues and concerns.  

Council is the regulating authority for the Code of Practice for Timber Harvesting and must be satisfied that the Code is being complied with for the purposes of the South Gippsland Planning Scheme. The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act regulates the protection of critically endangered species, including an Action Statement specifically for Slender Tree Ferns. The State Government’s Office of the Conservation Regulator oversee the regulation of wildlife, forests and public land, including compliance with the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.

Council is currently taking action aimed at protecting and preserving these critically endangered species. Due to the regulatory and confidential nature of this action, we are unable to provide specific details.

Council continue to have regular conversations with community groups and leaders in relation to this issue, and support and applaud the advocacy of these groups in protecting these critically endangered species for future generations to enjoy."