Conserving critical and threatened habitats
Project Leaders: Peter Vesk, Joslin Moore
The conservation problem
This project will study how best to conserve threatened ecological communities and critical habitats for threatened and endangered species. Initial focus
is on the box gum grassy woodlands and endangered buloke woodlands of the Riverina and Murray-Darling Depression Bioregions as well as the endangered
alpine Sphagnum bogs and fens. Key management actions are needed to conserve not only these critical habitats and threatened ecological communities
but also the array of threatened species that occur in these habitats.
How this research is addressing the problem
Research will include a series of field trials, experiments and prioritisation of management of critical habitats and threatened ecological communities
from across Australia. The research will aid the development and application of improved management to conserve these threatened ecosystems and species.
It will do this by providing evidence for the effectiveness of revegetation and control of invasive plants and animals, including dominant noisy miners
and ecological processes such as fire and grazing in recovering threatened ecological communities. It will also provide evidence of the effectiveness
of nest boxes in reversing the declines in threatened birds and mammals. With this evidence, managers will be better able to prioritise among the multiple
threats facing threatened ecological communities.
What we aim to collectively achieve through the research
This project will have a range of important outcomes, with significant implications for ecologically effective and cost-effective investments in major
programs. Specific anticipated outcomes include appropriate management interventions to conserve and recover the range of critical habitats, such as
buloke and box gum grassy woodlands and alpine Sphagnum bogs with long-term but immediately quantifiable benefits for dependent species such
as the red-tailed black-cockatoo. The project and its subprojects will also provide new insights into the recovery of a suite of threatened plants.
They will highlight the value of restoration efforts through revegetation and management of existing remnants.
This project involves the following subprojects:
Read more: Saving woodland and alpine habitats
Image: Yellow Box Eucalyptus meliodora by Elizabeth Donoghue/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)