Ringarooma Ramsar Project

The Ringarooma Ramsar Project will protect the ecological character of the Floodplain Lower Ringarooma River Ramsar site by improving and protecting the condition of the site’s floodplain wetlands and swamp forest (Melaleuca ericifolia).

Focus

Prioritised on-ground land management actions to be implemented throughout this project aim to improve the quality of surface water draining from dairy and grazing operations to the site, remove infestations of high-threat habitat-altering weeds from, and immediately adjacent to the site, and remove inappropriate vehicle access and tracks to the site.

Ringarooma Ramsar focus area
The Ringarooma Ramsar site is located in the far north-east of Tasmania.
Ringarooma RAMSAR from the air
The Ringarooma Ramsar site from the air.

Value

The Floodplain Lower Ringarooma River wetlands were designated a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in November 1982. It is a complex wetland, coastal and estuarine ecosystem, predominately owned by private landholders. The site includes the Boobyalla Inlet to the north and a mobile sand dune system and provides habitat for important and nationally-recognised threatened species.

Habitat transforming weeds, particularly gorse, willow, blackberry and boxthorn, are a major threat to the dune wetlands and native Melaleuca vegetation. Inappropriate land use in areas immediately adjacent to the wetland, such as stock and vehicle access, cause damage to the wetlands and Melaleuca vegetation, particularly at the margin, which may create long term impacts for the Ramsar site.

Delivery

The quality and extent of estuarine and freshwater floodplain wetland native vegetation within the Ringarooma Ramsar site will measurably improve against baseline levels through:

  • physical removal of accessible habitat-transforming weeds (including gorse, willow, blackberry and boxthorn) within the site and within 1km of the site boundaries;
  • removal of stock access to the site’s floodplain wetlands;
  • working with landholders to implement works to reduce nutrient inputs from on-farm watercourses draining to the site;
  • restricting access to tracks to mitigate adverse impacts to floodplain wetland vegetation; and
  • cessation of sedge/rush land conversion to improved pasture in the Fosters Marshes.
Gorse at Ringarooma Rasmar site
Physical removal of gorse plants will be required at the Ringarooma Rasmar site.

Partners

This project is supported by NRM North, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

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Partners

This project is supported by NRM North, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

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