Environment Tasmania has worked to restore logged areas of Tasmania's World Heritage Forests back to pristine native forest.
Tasmania's World Heritage forests are priceless, irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. They are home to endangered wildlife like the majestic Wedge-tailed eagle, glacial valleys, wild rivers, the tallest flowering plants on earth and sacred Aboriginal Heritage sites. Before the recent extension to Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area was approved, some of these ancient forests were logged.
Environment Tasmania's World Heritage restoration project focused on restoring seven logged coupes within the Styx, Picton and Florentine Valleys - each coup is located within areas of pristine tall eucalypt forests. The work starts by removing logging debris and moves on to planting new seeds or transplanting local seedlings, and follows up with weeding. It will take over 100 years for these forests to be fully restored, but slowly, ecological connectivity and biodiversity will be restored, providing habitat for rare and endangered native mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
One of these coupes was Skyline Tiers, a clear felled pine plantation on the hills overlooking Scamander, a popular holiday destination on Tasmania’s east coast. In 2003, we worked with our member group North East Bioregional Network (NEBN), to restore 40ha of the plantation back to native forest. Our team of paid staff and volunteers have now restored over 700ha. The ecological benefits of the project include connecting coastal and hinterland wildlife corridors, protecting threatened wildlife and plants and re-establishing coastal catchments as native ecosystems.
Read the report here: Economic Benefits of Restoration of Skyline Tier