Dense regeneration of floodplain Eucalyptus coolabah: invasive scrub or passive restoration of an endangered woodland community?
Megan K Good, Jodi N Price, Peter J Clarke, Nick Reid
RANGELAND JOURNAL | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2012
Clearing of native vegetation and changes to disturbance regimes have resulted in dense regeneration of native trees and shrubs in parts of Australia. The conversion of open vegetation to dense woodlands may result in changes to the composition of plant communities and ecosystem function if structure, composition and function are tightly linked. Widespread clearing of the floodplain tree Eucalyptus coolabah subsp. coolabah (coolibah), in New South Wales, Australia, has led to state and federal listings of coolibah woodland as an endangered ecological community. Dense regeneration of coolibah in the mid 1970s, however, also resulted in its listing as an 'invasive native species' in NSW, meani..View full abstract
This study was funded by the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC in collaboration with the Namoi and Central West Catchment Management Authorities. The authors thank the two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on the manuscript. Matt Tighe and John Hunter provided invaluable advice and comments on early drafts. Landholders are thanked for allowing access to sites and sharing local knowledge, and Carlos Munoz, Rebecca Schultz, Douglas Good-Schultz, Andre Messina and Nick Schultz are also thanked for field assistance and expert advice.