Overview and Methodology

Project Overview

Site name: Skyline Tier
Location: East Coast Tasmania
Methodology: Manual and mechanical removal of pines, natural regeneration, weeding
Funding: Australian Government Biodiversity Fund

Methodology

  • Ecological burning to eliminate pine wildlings and pine seed from the soil and encourage the germination of the existing native seed store and sown seed. This is a rapid technique for use over large areas where pines dominate and the site is suitable for burning.
  • Manual removal of pines by hand pulling, or cutting with loppers or hand saws with follow up poisoning. These methods are used at sites where pine wildlings are small and less dense, and growing amongst native vegetation.• Larger trees are cut down with chainsaws or with a Feller Buncher (a specialised harvesting machine). The trees are windrowed and left in-situ, or removed.
  • Follow up weeding to control new germinates or missed plants. Other weed species are controlled by hand removal and/or herbicide use.
  • Strategic rehabilitation of access roads and tracks.
  • Removal of dumped rubbish such as car bodies and domestic rubbish.

Ecological Benefits

  • Reconnecting wildlife corridors between the coast and hinterland.
  • Connecting coastal wetlands to inland forests, new reserves with existing reserves, public land with private land and connecting restored land to native tall eucalypt forest.
  • Creating wildlife corridors and reducing weed threats.
  • Restoring the upper and middle catchments of Dianas Basin, Yarmouth Creek, Wrinklers Lagoon, Dark Hollow Creek, Wetland and Freshwater Creeks.
  • Promoting the recovery of threatened species and their habitat including the wedge-tailed eagle, giant velvet worm, swift parrot, chaostola skipper butterfly, green and gold frog, glossy hovea, lesser guinea flower and cane holy grass.
  • Regenerating threatened forest communities such as Eucalyptus ovata (black gum forest) and Eucalyptus globulus (blue gum forest).
  • Providing habitat for over 150 species of native plants including 8 Eucalyptus and 11 Acacia species.

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Dianas Basin in 2006 prior to restoration work by NEBN.                                      Diana’s Basin in 2008 after restoration work. Photos by Helen Morgan