Towards ecological management of Australian powerline corridor vegetation

Clarke, Donna J. and White, John G. 2008, Towards ecological management of Australian powerline corridor vegetation, Landscape and urban planning, vol. 86, no. 3/4, pp. 257-266, doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2008.03.005.

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Title Towards ecological management of Australian powerline corridor vegetation
Author(s) Clarke, Donna J.
White, John G.ORCID iD for White, John G.
Journal name Landscape and urban planning
Volume number 86
Issue number 3/4
Start page 257
End page 266
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 0169-2046
Keyword(s) vegetation succession
Summary Powerline corridor management in Australia has traditionally focused on the complete removal of vegetation using short rotation times due to the perceived fire hazard associated with corridor vegetation. This study assessed vegetation recovery in a powerline corridor, following management, at three sites spanning corridor and forest habitat. Forest and corridor vegetation communities differed significantly between sites and over time. As vegetation recovered, the corridor community became a mix of plants common in the surrounding forest and open areas, changing within the 3-year study from a grass–fern to shrub–sedge community encroached by midstorey species. The current short rotations between management events unnecessarily maintain the corridor in a cycle of degradation, remove resources for native species and may allow introduced grasses and saplings to proliferate in the corridor. Maintaining a shrub layer would help avoid loss of species richness, encourage native species and limit colonisation opportunities of introduced species. Spot spraying emergent saplings and problem plants and mosaic slashing, would keep fire risk low and maintain biodiversity without increasing biomass to dangerous levels.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2008.03.005
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio Economic Objective 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier B.V
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