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Connecting Lowland Subtropical Rainforest and Other Significant Vegetation near Stanley River at Stanmore: Wegert

Website/Report

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Project lead

Partnerships

Australian Government (Caring for our Country program)

Landholder

Industries

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Activities

On-ground work

Case study type

(none)

Funding source

Australian Government (Caring for our Country program)

Landholder

Funding amount

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In-kind contribution

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Start date

6 March 2013

End date

31 May 2013

Summary

In November 2011, lowland subtropical rainforest (LSR) was listed as a critically Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Within the Upper Stanley and Mooloolah catchments, LSR has been reduced in extent by 92% since European settlement as a result of clearing for agriculture, forestry and peri-urban development. The remaining patches often occur as narrow, broken riparian corridors.

This project aims to enable the restoration and reconnection of areas of LSR within the project area. With funding received through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program, SEQ Catchments is providing support to landholders to help reduce the fragmentation of LSR. This will be achieved through promoting more ecological sustainable land management by reducing threats caused by weeds, unmanaged stock access and inappropriate fire regimes. In addition, natural regeneration of the LSR community will be promoted and re-vegetation, where appropriate, of LSR species will be undertaken.

This property is located close to the lowland subtropical rainforest along the Stanley River. It contains areas of palustrine wetlands along the Stanley River floodplain that are currently mapped as regrowth eucalypt open forest (RE 12.3.11), which is listed as ‘of concern’. The wetland community also displays the characteristics of a tea tree and eucalypt open forest community (RE 12.3.5).

This project will enhance the condition and connectivity of approximately 0.5ha of remnant vegetation, through the following activities:
  • establish 230m of electric fencing to exclude stock and encourage natural regeneration.
  • enhance 0.5ha through strategic environmental weed control
  • enhance 0.1ha through strategic re-vegetation.

Proposed project monitoring and maintenance:
  • establishing two standard photo-points and taking ‘before and after’ photographs to monitor changes in habitat condition and natural regeneration over time
  • ongoing selective weed control to maintain ecological values of the native vegetation communities.

Benefits

This project will:
  • improve condition and connectivity of lowland subtropical rainforest and other significant native vegetation in the Stanley River catchment

Lesson

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Reference ID

SEQC1967

Last updated: 26 November 2014

This page should be cited as:

Connecting Lowland Subtropical Rainforest and Other Significant Vegetation near Stanley River at Stanmore: Wegert, WetlandInfo 2014, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 30 October 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/wetland-project/connecting-lowland-subtropical-rainforest-and-other-significant-vegetation-near-6238/>.

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