Protecting native plants
Our unique native flora and ecosystems are threatened by human activities, introduced weeds and pests. We protect, monitor and recover our native flora and vegetation in a number of ways:
- We monitor and assess species for listing as threatened species under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
- A protected plant legislative framework regulates activities such as clearing, commercial harvesting, private collecting, propagation and trade.
- Queensland’s regional ecosystem framework, the most comprehensive of its kind in Australia, defines regional ecosystems that must be managed and protected under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 and the Environment Protection Act 1994.
- National parks, reserves and nature refuges protect significant species and regional ecosystems.
- We develop recovery and conservation plans for priority species and ecosystems in partnership with the Australian Government.
- Majority of Queensland's native flora species are not considered to be threatened. They are listed as least concern, which means, they are likely to survive in the wild.
- Of the total native plant species, 204 species are listed as endangered, 431 as vulnerable, 350 as near threatened, and 21 are presumed to be extinct in the wild.
- There are no known mosses, liverworts, hornworts, lichens or fungi currently considered to be threatened or near threatened.
- One species of algae, Lychnothamnus barbatus, is listed as vulnerable.
Draft revision of the Flora Survey Guideline – Have your say
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection invites your comments on the draft revision of the Flora Survey Guideline (PDF, 384KB) for Protected Plants under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Based on a range of feedback, the guidelines have been revised to improve clarity and achieve better outcomes for endangered, vulnerable and near threatened plants.
Key areas of change include the criteria for a ‘suitably qualified person’, alternative flora survey methodologies and buffer reduction criteria.
Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.