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Changes in vegetation sand floristics under a powerline easement and implications for vegetation management

Meers, Trevor and Adams, Robyn 2006, Changes in vegetation sand floristics under a powerline easement and implications for vegetation management, Victorian naturalist, vol. 123, no. 1, pp. 29-37.

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Title Changes in vegetation sand floristics under a powerline easement and implications for vegetation management
Author(s) Meers, Trevor
Adams, Robyn
Journal name Victorian naturalist
Volume number 123
Issue number 1
Start page 29
End page 37
Publisher Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0042-5184
Summary Utility corridors such as powerlines are widespread linear easements of highly modified vegetation which often fragment natural areas of conservation significance. Vegetation management along these easements is aimed at modifying vegetation structure by the removal of all tall shrubs and trees, which may have adverse impacts on flora and fauna diversity. Victoria's Bunyip State Park is bisected by a high voltage powerline easement which is managed by a four year slashing cycle. Repeated slashing has altered plant species composition and structure of the drier slope and ridge vegetation compared to unslashed adjacent Open Forest vegetation, but Wet Heath within the management zone has remained largely unmodified. At a broad level, plant species diversity in the easement is increased, and higher vegetation density has created small mammal habitat. The powerline easement did not appear to facilitate weed invasion. Vegetation management by repeated slashing has altered the vegetation, but does not appear to have had adverse conservation impacts on local plant and small mammal diversity.
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Language eng
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
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