Greater Glider threatened species listing
The Greater Glider is the largest of our gliding possums and lives high in the forest canopy, rarely touching the ground.
But in Victoria numbers are declining and it's now recommended these beautiful creatures be listed as a Threatened Species in Victoria.
In its preliminary recommendation the Scientific Advisory Committee reports that while the Greater Glider is well represented in a number of conservation reserves, the bulk of its population remains in forest available for logging.
It warns that "wood production practices are known to substantially deplete Greater Glider populations and gliders usually die if all or most of their home range is intensively logged or cleared".
"Unless they are linked as part of an interconnecting network of reserves, local populations risk extinction through catastrophe or by loss of genetic vigour through inbreeding."
This listing is the first step in ensuring the survival of Victoria's Greater Gliders and protecting their habitat from logging.
For a copy of the recommendations visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
Submissions on the listing must be sent by close of business 24 February 2017 to Martin O'Brien, Secretary of the Scientific Advisory Committee:
Mail: Martin O'Brien
Secretary, Scientific Advisory Committee
c/o Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
2/8 Nicholson St.
EAST MELBOURNE VIC 3002