nature and eco tours Hobart Tasmania

Environmental Policy

Eco Tours Tasmania is an environmentally aware business that conducts its operations in a sustainable manner that showcases and preserves Tasmania’s native bushland fauna and flora. The business will operate in a manner that will minimise our environmental footprint and disturbance to the natural environment.
Eco Tours Tasmania is committed to achieving Ecotourism certification within the first 12 months of operation. The ECO certification program assures certified operators have a strong and well managed commitment to sustainable nature-based operations.

Eco Tours Tasmania guidelines to minimise the risk of spreading weeds and diseases:

Clients of Eco Tours Tasmania need to be careful not to introduce weeds, seeds or pathogens, such as Phytophthora cinnamomi (known as root rot or die back) into the areas visited.
Before going on tour please make sure that:
…you start the tour with clean footwear to minimise the risk of spreading  Phytophthora cinnamomi.
…there is no mud or soil on your footwear , especially the soles.
…no seeds caught in your footwear or clothing, paying particular attention to the laces of boots, socks, cuffs,  and inside pockets of clothing.
…keep to formed and existing paths and only cross creeks at existing  crossings.
On tour we will clean dirty boots with a brush and spray them with a fungicide to minimise the spread of Phytophthora cinnamomi, whenever necessary.
Eco Tours Tasmania will follow the ‘Tasmanian Washdown Guidelines for Weed and Disease Control’ and pressure wash the underside of the bus at a commercial wash bay regularly and immediately after driving through any known Phytophthora cinnamomi areas on dirt or gravel roads. Commercial washdown facilities have effective effluent management systems to protect the environment and are located in most major towns.

Eco Tours Tasmania guidelines to minimise the impact on the environment:

Eco Tours Tasmania will conduct its operations so there is minimal impact to the sites we visit. To ensure that sites aren’t ‘loved to death’ we will have a sufficient number of sites to rotate visits.
Individual photography will be discouraged at sensitive sites (eg, where there are only a few individuals of rare plants, or the site itself is of a sensitive nature). We will offer a photo set containing the named orchids seen on each trip to our clients.
Photographers are prohibited from disturbing surrounding vegetation to get ‘the photo’.
Birdlife Australia “Ethical Birding Guidelines” will be followed whenever birds and other wildlife is encountered on tour. You can download the Guidelines here.

Eco Tours Tasmania guidelines for vehicles:

Eco Tours Tasmania vehicles are to be driven in a manner that minimises the impact they cause by:
…only driving on formed roads or tracks where permission from the land manager has been obtained.
…only accessing public land, including reserves, with the permission of the land manager.
…access to private land is always by prior arrangement with the landowner to ensure that any environmental, property or reserve management issues or safety concerns are known and have been addressed.

Eco Tours Tasmania guidelines for Client Behaviour

“Thou shalt not pick the flowers”. Anybody wishing to collect plant material must discuss this with Eco Tours Tasmania management before booking a tour and provide a copy of a valid scientific collection permit issued by Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment will need to be provided.

Litter

All litter is to be disposed of in the rubbish bin provided on the bus.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on or within 5 metres of the bus. Anybody who chooses to smoke must do so at least 5 metres from any other clients and dispose of their butt in the ashtray provided. Smoking may be prohibited on Eco Tours Tasmania trips when weather conditions and or vegetation levels make it unsafe to do so. Your driver will notify the clients if such conditions are likely to occur at the pretrip safety discussion.

References

Allan, K. & Gartenstein, S. (2010). Keeping It Clean: A Tasmanian Field Hygiene Manual to Prevent the Spread of Freshwater Pests and Pathogens. NRM South, Hobart.
Rudman T. (2005). Interim Phytophthora cinnamomi Management Guidelines. Nature Conservation Report 05/7, Biodiversity Conservation Branch, Department of Primary Industries, Water & Environment, Hobart.
Rudman, T., Tucker, D. & French, D. (2004). Washdown Procedures for Weed and Disease Control. Edition 1. Department of Primary Industries, Water & Environment, Hobart.
Birdlife Australia (2012) Ethical Birding Guidelines.