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Subject: CSE seminar Fri 28/7 - BioAssess: early results from assessing biodiversity benefits of revegetation in Holbook NSW


CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems seminar next week.....

Friday 28 July 2006

BioAssess: Early results from assessing the biodiversity benefits of revegetation in Holbrook, NSW

David Freudenberger, CSE (presenting)
Geoff Barrett, CSE
Alex Drew, CSE

and a host of hundreds

3:30 pm - Caughley Seminar Room, Gungahlin Homestead, Crace (directions below)
Abstract below, flyer attached

Abstract: Substantial Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) funds have been committed to re-planting native vegetation in highly cleared agricultural landscape in southern Australia. These funds have been matched by the efforts of thousands of farmers, community groups and NGOs. All this effort was based on the un-tested assumption that 1) native vegetation can be established and will survive in these highly disturbed landscapes and 2) replanting will contribute to the conservation of native flora and fauna. The BioAssess project is testing these assumptions, particularly the assumption that revegetation will contribute to the persistence of declining native wildlife.

BioAssess was ‘seeded’ with Internal Venture Capital Funds from CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems to support the time consuming design phase of this large research project. CSIRO Water for Healthy Country supported the implementation phase. The NSW Environmental Trust project Better Knowledge - Better Bush and the Earthwatch Institute, Australia, are providing on-going support.

Based on three years (6 seasonal surveys) we can report that:

  1. Despite some of the driest seasons on record and high levels of exotic weeds, the 4-5 year old re-plantings in the Holbrook Landcare area are thriving.
  2. modest diversity of shrub dependent birds have already colonised most re-plantings and are breeding at rates similar to those in large old-growth remnants.
  3. There are few native mammals or reptiles colonising revegetation with the exception of bats.
  4. Various indicators of ecosystem function (e.g. tree regeneration) are improving in the re-planted sites.
  5. The next challenge is to maintain institutional support for this long-term project.

Location details: The entrance to Gungahlin Homestead is from Bellenden Street (off Barton Highway, approx 500m north of Gungahlin Drive overpass). The visitor car park is to the right of entrance near front of Homestead (Reception). Please report to reception for a visitors pass.

Enquiries: m("","anne.towill");">, ph 6242 1608 (Mon pm, Tues-Thurs) or phone Gungahlin reception - ph 6242 1600


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Anne Towill
Marketing and Communication Group
CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
'Gungahlin Homestead'
GPO Box 284
Canberra ACT 2601


ph: 02 6242 1608  (Mon PM, Wed, Thu)
fax: 02 6242 1555


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