Victorian Forest Biodiversity and Conservation

In Victoria, Australia, Fenner researchers undertake a range of studies to examine at the environmental impacts of fire, logging, and other factors affecting biodiversity and forest habitats. This includes researching how Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) and Alpine Ash (E. delegatensis) tall forests function, and what the needs are of the many animals that live in them, especially following wildfires and logging.

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 Variable Retention Harvesting Experiment
  • The Salvage Logging Experiment
  • The ecology and habitat requirements of 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 and soil nutrients and composition
  • The response of plants to fire and logging
  • The long-term persistence of the Greater Glider
  • The Plant Germination experiment

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