The Douglas Shire Council covers the area from Degarra in the north, west to the Mt Windsor Tableland and south to Ellis Beach. The area is fringed by Wet Tropics Area to the west and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the East. These iconic resources combined with a strong agricultural sector make the entire region important both nationally and globally.
The pest plants and animals that are present in the Douglas Shire Council area are seen to be more or less of a threat depending on the primary values for which a landholder is managing the land.
The Pest Management Plan, now known as the Biosecurity Management Plan retains the recognition of these land uses whilst integrating the requirements of the Act.