Flooding requirements for biodiversity values along the Victorian floodplain of the Murray Valley

Fitzsimons, James A., Peake, Paul, Frood, Doug, Mitchell, Mel, Withers, Naomi, White, Matt and Webster, Rick 2011, Flooding requirements for biodiversity values along the Victorian floodplain of the Murray Valley, Victorian naturalist, vol. 128, no. 2, pp. 48-85.

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Title Flooding requirements for biodiversity values along the Victorian floodplain of the Murray Valley
Author(s) Fitzsimons, James A.ORCID iD for Fitzsimons, James A. orcid.org/0000-0003-4277-8040
Peake, Paul
Frood, Doug
Mitchell, Mel
Withers, Naomi
White, Matt
Webster, Rick
Journal name Victorian naturalist
Volume number 128
Issue number 2
Start page 48
End page 85
Total pages 38
Publisher Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-04
ISSN 0042-5184
Keyword(s) River Red Gum forests
flood requirements
ecological vegetation classes
threatened species
environmental watering
Summary Overbank flooding of rivers is a key process in the maintenance of vegetation types and the species that rely on the floodplain forests and woodlands of northern Victoria. Yet the flooding requirements of species and vegetation types are poorly known. Here we present initial estimates of the water requirements for flood dependent Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs) and rare and threatened flora and fauna species associated with the floodplain of the Murray River and its tributaries. Some 110 EVCs were found to be at least partly flood-dependent on the Murray River floodplains. The total current extent of these EVCs in the study area is 224 247 ha, of which 162 266 ha are on public land. One hundred and twenty-four rare or threatened plant taxa and 62 threatened vertebrate fauna taxa (excluding fish) were classified as at least partly flood-dependent. These initial estimates provide important information for land and water managers and researchers alike.
Notes For full text contact the author at jfitzsimons@tnc.org
Language eng
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
050205 Environmental Management
050104 Landscape Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
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