The characteristics of six species of living hollow-bearing trees and their importance for arboreal marsupials in the dry sclerophyll forests of southeast Queensland, Australia

Wormington, Kevin Ray, Lamb, David, McCallum, Hamish Ian and Moloney, Damien John (2003) The characteristics of six species of living hollow-bearing trees and their importance for arboreal marsupials in the dry sclerophyll forests of southeast Queensland, Australia. Forest Ecology And Management, 182 1-3: 75-92. doi:10.1016/S0378-1127(03)00010-0


Author Wormington, Kevin Ray
Lamb, David
McCallum, Hamish Ian
Moloney, Damien John
Title The characteristics of six species of living hollow-bearing trees and their importance for arboreal marsupials in the dry sclerophyll forests of southeast Queensland, Australia
Journal name Forest Ecology And Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-1127
Publication date 2003-09-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0378-1127(03)00010-0
Volume 182
Issue 1-3
Start page 75
End page 92
Total pages 18
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier Science
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
270703 Terrestrial Ecology
770703 Living resources (flora and fauna)
Abstract Six species of trees located in the dry sclerophyll forests of southeast Queensland were studied to ascertain which was most suitable to be retained as hollow-bearing trees for nesting and denning by arboreal marsupials. Generally for all tree species, the number of entrances to hollows was positively correlated with the diameter at breast height (DBH) and the growth stage, and entrance diameters also increased in trees with a larger DBH. However, there were differences between the species; Corymbia citriodora had few hollows until the individuals were very large while Eucalyptus crebra had low numbers of hollows throughout its entire size range. It was concluded that a mixture of tree species provided a range of hollow sizes and positions that would be suitable for nesting and denning by arboreal marsupials in those forests. There were large differences between tree species in the relationship between tree size and estimated age. Five of the tree species took between 186 and 230 years to begin to produce hollows while E. crebra took up to 324 years. This suggests that tree species other than E. crebra may be the most preferred for retention in areas where hollow-bearing tree densities are lower than the prescribed level. Other data also suggests there are likely to be enough trees in larger size classes that would begin to form hollows within the next 50 years to compensate for an expected loss of hollow-bearing stags during that same period. In terms of forest operation, the retention of six hollow-bearing trees/ha would represent an estimated loss of 7.3-15% wood production. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword Forestry
Hollow Formation
Hollow Size
Forest Management
Retained Trees
Mountain Brushtail Possum
Montane Ash Forests
Central Highlands
Nest Trees
Age Parameters
West Australia
Victoria
Availability
Gliders
Size
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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