Victorian Central Highlands forest management study

This study is set in native montane ash forest in Victoria, located about 50 km northeast of Melbourne. These forests are characterised by the tall Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) and Alpine Ash (E. delegatensis). Study sites are stratified across different age classes and disturbance histories. Understanding how these tall forests function, and what the needs are of the many animals that live in them, are important to the management of our forest resources. A key part of the Central Highlands of Victoria study is the quantification of post-fire ecological recovery, particularly following the 2009 Black Saturday wildfires. This work examines post-fire responses of mammals, birds, insects and plants.

The work in the Central Highlands of Victoria includes a suite of major projects such as:

  • Long-term study of the Mountain Brushtail Possum
  • Long-term monitoring of arboreal marsupials
  • The Cutting Experiment
  • The Salvage Logging Experiment
  • The ecology and habitat requirements of the Leadbeater’s Possum
  • The response of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates to wildfire
  • The long-term population dynamics of hollow-bearing trees
  • The location and importance of post-fire unburned refugia for biodiversity
  • The impacts of fire and logging on carbon stocks
  • The response of plants to fire and logging


  • Australian Research Council
  • Victorian Government – Parks Victoria, Department of Primary Industries, Department of Sustainability and Environment
  • Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum