Biodiversity values of timber plantations and restoration plantings for rainforest fauna in tropical and subtropical Australia

Kanowski, John, Catterall, Carla P., Proctor, Heather, Reis, Terry, Tucker, Nigel I. J. and Wardell-Johnson, Grant (2005). Biodiversity values of timber plantations and restoration plantings for rainforest fauna in tropical and subtropical Australia. In Peter D. Erskin, David Lamb and Mila Bristow (Ed.), Reforestation in the tropics and subtropics of Australia: Using rainforest tree species (pp. 183-205) Barton, ACT, Australia: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.


Author Kanowski, John
Catterall, Carla P.
Proctor, Heather
Reis, Terry
Tucker, Nigel I. J.
Wardell-Johnson, Grant
Title of chapter Biodiversity values of timber plantations and restoration plantings for rainforest fauna in tropical and subtropical Australia
Title of book Reforestation in the tropics and subtropics of Australia: Using rainforest tree species
Place of Publication Barton, ACT, Australia
Publisher Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series RIRDC Publication
ISBN 174151150X
ISSN 1440-6845
Editor Peter D. Erskin
David Lamb
Mila Bristow
Volume number 05/087
Chapter number 12
Start page 183
End page 205
Total pages 22
Total chapters 16
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subjects E1
300801 Environmental Management and Rehabilitation
770707 Rehabilitation/reafforestation
0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
0705 Forestry Sciences
Abstract/Summary It has been suggested that timber plantations could play an important role in the conservation of biodiversity in cleared rainforest landscapes, not only because of their potential to cost-effectively reforest large areas of land, but also because they may provide habitat for rainforest plants and animals. However, this last claim is largely untested. In this study, we surveyed the occurrence of a range of animal taxa in monoculture and mixed species timber plantations and restoration plantings in tropical and subtropical Australia. We used the richness of ‘rainforest-dependent’ taxa (i.e., birds, lizards and mites associated with rainforest habitats) in reforested sites as our measure of their ‘biodiversity value’. We also examined whether the biodiversity value of reforested sites was correlated with habitat attributes, including plant species richness and vegetation structure and, further, whether biodiversity value was affected by the proximity of reforested sites to intact rainforest.
Keyword Biodiversity
Rainforest planations
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes "A technical workshop was convened in June 2003 to review what we have learned in the past ten or so years of reforesting with rainforest and tropical species. The workshop was attended by many of those who have been involved in the reforestation effort in both Queensland and northern New South Wales. This peer-reviewed book documents the lessons learned as a result of their experiences." ; "A report for the RIRDC/Land & Water Australia/FWPRDC/MDBC Joint Venture Agroforestry Program, together with the Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre"

 
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