Effects of windthrow on a Eucalyptus delegatensis (Myrtaceae) stand and early understorey succession at Snowy River National Park, Victoria
- Authors: Florentine, Singarayer , Westbrooke, Martin
- Date: 2003
- Type: Text , Report
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- Description: The June 1998 a severe windstorm at Snowy River National Park near Mt. Gelantipy caused severe damage to a stand of Eucalyptus delegatensis. Little is known about the impact of windthrow on E. delegatensis and subsequent seedling recruitment. This study was undertaken 4.5 years later to examine (i) the windthrow damage on E. delegatensis and the understorey Acacia dealbata (type of damage, diameter class distribution), (ii) the influence of tree size (diameter at breast height, 1.3m) on pattern of tree damage (snapped/uprooted/ snapped and resprouting) (iii) undergrowth in the windthrow area compared with control plots, (iv) species composition of soil stored seed bank in windthrow damaged plots and control plots. Eleven (25 x 25 m2) plots within damaged areas and five plots within undamaged (control) were selected for study. Tree diameter at 1.3 from the rooting point and type of damage (snapped, uprooted, snapped resprouted, snapped dead) were recorded. To examine seedling recruitment, each 25 x 25 m2 plot was further divided into 1 x 1 m2 sub-plots. Within each sub plot, all E. delegatensis seedlings and their diameters were recorded. Soil seed bank species composition was examined by taking 88 and 40 soil samples from windthrow and control sites respectively. Soil samples were placed in punnets and new recruits were counted and identified. This study showed that, high winds toppled virtually all trees regardless of size and species damaging 99% of E. delegatensis. Seedling recruitment was 49 ha-1 for the canopy species E. delegatensis and 2,210 ha-1 for the sub-canopy species A. dealbata. No E. delegatensis or A. dealbata seedlings were recorded in the control plots. In the soil seed bank study five species were recovered from soil samples collected from the control and six from the windthrow damaged sites. The canopy species E. delegatensis recruited only from the windthrow site. The exotic Rubus fruticosus was found to be colonizing the windthrow site, but was not present in the control site. Results show that E. delegatensis recruitment is very poor in the damaged area and species colonizing within the windthrow damaged area were light-demanding or early succession species. It is proposed that seedling recruitment in the winthrow sites be promoted by burning the site and broadcasting E. delegatensis seed.
- Description: K1
- Description: 2003000710
Age distribution of Slender Cypress-pine (Callitris gracilis) within Pine Plains, Wyperfeld National Park
- Authors: Gibson, Matthew , Florentine, Singarayer
- Date: 2008
- Type: Text , Report
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- Description: In semi-arid north-west Victoria, Slender Cypress-pine (Callitris gracilis) is an important tree hollow forming species for hollow dependent fauna, particularly the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Lophocroa leadbeateri). Long-term management of the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo must be based on an understanding of the age distribution of Slender Cypress-pine within important habitat areas and the age at which the trees form suitable nesting hollows. This project involved an investigation of the Slender Cypress-pine population within the Pine Plains section of Wyperfeld National Park, north-west Victoria. The objectives of the project were to determine the relationship between stem diameter and age of Slender Cypress-pine, and investigate the age distribution of the Slender Cypress-pine population within Pine Plains. Determination of the relationship between stem diameter and stem age will enable the determination of the number of years trees require to start forming hollows, and to form large hollows suitable for Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo breeding.