Annette Dean - Project Manager
Annette has worked in project management and natural area management roles for over 25 years. Her experience in natural area management also includes working as CEO for the Kokoda Track Authority and as ranger in charge of national parks in NSW and Tasmania. Her previous projects in natural area restoration include rehabilitation of abandoned airstrips in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, restoration of river red gum forests and wetlands in new national parks in NSW, and regional weed management planning roles.
This project is an exciting opportunity to restore logged areas in our World Heritage Area.
These ecological trials will help us work out the best way to restore the forests, to reduce the risk of wildfire or arson, to control pests and weeds, and to control and mitigate erosion. At the end of the day we want to see the logged-over coupes restored to tall-eucalypt forest with maximum species diversity.
Christine Corbett - Project Planning Officer
Christine has spent 20 years working as an ecologist, environmental scientist and project manager. She has worked with State Government, ENGOs and consulting firms. She has worked across Tasmania and interstate, undertaking environmental impact assessments and working with landholders to improve natural resource management.
The WHA coupe restoration project is vital to fill the gaps between past and future land management, to restore the tall forest values, hastening the return of their World Heritage values.
Todd Dudley - Technical Advisor
As the Co-ordinator of the North East Bioregional Network and Site Supervisor for Skyline Tier forest restoration project, Todd specialises in restoration of forestry sites. Since 2007 he has managed over 350 hectares of ecological restoration work at the Scamander Pine Plantation on Skyline Tier. Todd provides technical advice to the World Heritage Area restoration projects.
Restoration projects in the World Heritage Area areas will address issues arising from previous logging such as weed control. Restoration will improve connectivity and the resilience of the restored and adjoining native forests. Fire disturbance is a natural feature of wet-sclerophyll forest and in most cases a required element in maintaining wet-sclerophyll forests. Ecological burns can contribute towards maintaining a diversity of species and forest succession ages.[CS1]
The use of local provenance eucalypt seed post-burning can assist in achieving good regeneration outcomes especially in areas where there are a limited amount of mature eucalypts in close proximity.
Oliver Strutt - Co-ordinator of the Understorey Network
Oliver has worked for over seven years on projects to promote the protection of existing native vegetation, and the use of local native understorey in revegetation. He is providing technical assistance and supervision of our field days to transplant local seedlings at Counsel 10B.
These trials are an important first for forest restoration. We hope to see the regeneration not just of the original trees such as Eucalyptus regnans, myrtle and sassafras, but also important understorey species which are a crucial part of the forest ecosystem. The understorey species are particularly important as they can out-compete weed species that might otherwise take over disturbed sites. To this end, the Understorey Network will assist with the follow up replanting that will be part of this project.
Mark Hovenden - Plant ecologist, Associate Professor at University of Tasmania
This project provides the best opportunity for successful ecological restoration of these sites, and provides UTAS with the opportunity to work on trials at the sites including trialling of seeding rates and species, and replanting density for rainforest species, to work out the best methodology for restoration of logged sites.
Fire is an integral part of Tasmania’s eucalypt forest ecosystems. Ecological burning after logging clears accumulated debris and provides an ash-bed rich in nutrients that when sown can produce vigorous and dense regeneration of eucalypts and other native species.
Environment Tasmania gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:
Parks and Wildlife Tasmania
The Wilderness Society
The Understorey Network
This project is supported by Environment Tasmania through funding from the Australian Government.