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Wood to water : short-term effects of the re-introduction of wood to streams in agricultural environments

conference contribution
posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by Rebecca LesterRebecca Lester, M Jones-Lennon, W Wright
Rehabilitation of streams on agricultural properties has become a priority for landholders and managers in recent years in Australia. Fencing and re-vegetation of riparian zones are first priorities to improve riparian habitat values and biodiversity, however changes to in-stream habitat complexity are unlikely to result in the short term. Little evidence exists to guide subsequent rehabilitation actions to address this issue. Artificially re-introducing wood to such streams may be a useful strategy to increase habitat complexity more rapidly, thereby improving in-stream biodiversity values. To test this hypothesis, as a part of the larger Productive Grazing, Healthy Rivers project, small pieces of wood were introduced to eight sites on beef and dairy properties across southern Victoria, monitoring aquatic macroinvertebrates, water quality, hydrology and habitat quality. Comparing macroinvertebrate communities before and after treatment, and between experimental and control sites, changes in community composition and colonisation are explored.

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Event

World Conference on Ecological Restoration (2005 : Zaragoza, Spain)

Publisher

[Society for Ecological Restoration International]

Location

Zaragoza, Spain

Place of publication

[Tucson, Ariz.]

Start date

2005-09-14

End date

2005-09-16

Language

eng

Publication classification

E3.1 Extract of paper; E Conference publication

Title of proceedings

The World Conference on Ecological Restoration Conference Abstract

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