Project sites in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
TN051C in the Styx was originally 96% Eucalyptus obliqua and 4% E. regnans forest. Aerial seeding after the ecological burn reflected this ratio of eucalypt species. The coupe is within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), surrounded on three sides by the Styx River Regional Reserve, and close to the Gordon River Road, a popular tourist road.
Our restoration projects in the Styx will restore logged areas to tall eucalypt forest. (Image of unlogged forests in the Styx by Rob Blakers)
TN042A in the Styx has significant standing vegetation and for this reason not suitable for an ecological burn. The timber debris from logging from logging prevents regrowth of native forest vegetation. The site will be restored to tall forest by firstly use of machinery to pile up this timber. This will create clear ground to allow seedlings to grow. The original forest prior to logging was Eucalyptus regnans tall forest and will be seeded with local provenance E.regnans seed. The site is within the Styx River Regional Reserve and the TWWHA.
Key considerations for selecting this site for ecological restoration were its proximity to Gordon River Rd (120m north of the coupe) which attracts high visitor numbers, and its visibility from Mt Field West, Tyenna Peak, Florentine Peak and Mt Mawson within Mt Field National Park.
Counsel 10B in the Florentine beneath Wylds Craig is now part of the Franklin- Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and prior to logging was a stunning forest of Eucalyptus delegatensis with rainforest species including myrtle, sassafras, leatherwood. The ecological burn in 2014 was a slow milder burn to favour rainforest regeneration, resulting in about 50% of the site being burnt to remove timber debris.
The site was then seeded with E.delegatensis, trialling a double seeding rate for better regeneration. The restoration plan for this site will include follow up planting of myrtle and leatherwood, and trialling of enclosure plots to compare regeneration in burnt and unburnt areas of the site.
Counsel 10B is surrounded by the tall forests of the lower Florentine below Wylds Craig (below distant left ). It is now part of the Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park, in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (photo by Rob Blakers).
Arve 2B is within the Hartz Mountains National Park and the TWWHA, and directly visible from the high visitor use areas of this national park that are only 3 km away. Prior to logging, the vegetation of this coupe included rainforest species such as myrtle, sassafras and celery top pine.
Catamaran 4C is visible from Mt La Perouse and is directly under the flight path for tourist flights into Melaleuca. It is adjacent to Southwest National Park and contains heritage values in the form of two wooden tramways. A heritage assessment was undertaken for this site, and its recommendations have been implemented to ensure that restoration activities do not impact on the heritage values of the site. The site is within the recently created Catamaran River Conservation Area and the TWWHA.
Picton 43E is within a few kilometres of Farmhouse Creek walking track to iconic Federation Peak and adjacent to large tracts of high conservation value forests. The timber debris left over from logging operations has restricted natural regeneration of this coupe. We will trial the use of machinery to clear this debris to assist natural ecological restoration processes. Logging debris will be piled up into heaps and windrows to expose mineral earth and allow better natural regeneration of both eucalypts and rainforest species. The site will then be aerially seeded using double seeding rate.
Strict environmental standards will be adhered to at all times, following the prescriptions for rehabilitation under the current TWWHA management plan. Rehabilitation practices will conform to, or exceed the minimum standards for rehabilitation in the Forest Practices Code and the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment Rehabilitation Guidelines. This includes ensuring that machinery entering the coupe is well cleaned and will not introduce weeds or plant disease. Picton 43E is within the recently created Picton River Conservation Area and the TWWHA.
Styx 019I lies between Styx Rd and the Styx River within the TWWHA. The coupe is adjacent to a high visitor use tourism road in the Styx.