An Integrated Pest Management Strategy to Manage Mammal Browsing on State Forest in Tasmania

Browsing of sown and planted tree seedlings by mammalian herbivores (wallabies, pademelons, possums and rabbits) is currently a significant biotic risk faced by production forestry in Tasmania. Use of the poison 1080 has historically been the principal method of managing mammal browsing. However it’s use, particularly against native herbivores, is controversial and in 2004 the Premier of Tasmania announced that the use of 1080 on State Forest would cease from December 2005. New knowledge of the development of browsing-damage over space and time in young eucalypt plantations has now provided the framework to guide implementation of a suite of tactics to manage browsing, each to a particular level of browsing risk. In this paper we outline the strategy being adopted for the replacement of 1080- based management of mammal browsing in State Forest in Tasmania with integrated pest management.

Author Walsh, A. M. and Wardlaw, T. J.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Pages 48-55
Control method Integrated Pest Management
Region TAS
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