Slender Tree Ferns (Cyathea cunninghamii),
are found in deep fern gullies throughout the Otways, often growing
within stands of cool
Little protection for Slender Tree Ferns
The Slender Tree Fern was given final approval for gazettal
into the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (FFG Act) on 30 March 1992.
The final recommendation for gazettal states that fires deliberately
started by department forestry officers to regrow trees in areas
that have been clearfell logged, are a major threat to the survival
of slender tree ferns. See nomination
The FFG Act requires that the management of species listed under
the Act is controlled by Action Statements, developed specifically
to protect the species. The FFG Act states that these should be
developed "as soon as possible" after a species is gazetted.
The Action Statement for the
Slender Tree Fern is now overdue by 10 years, and there are still no prescriptions
to protect slender tree ferns from fires.