Journal article

Replanting agricultural landscapes: how well do plants survive after habitat restoration?

Sacha Jellinek, Peter A Harrison, Jonathan Tuck, Thai Te



Landscape-scale habitat restoration has the potential to return ecosystem functions and services and mitigate the loss of native flora and fauna. However, restoration projects rarely monitor the effectiveness of restoration efforts, such as quantifying the establishment success (survival) of the planted species. We monitored a landscape-scale revegetation program in south-eastern Australia that planted 5 million plants representing 35 native species over a 4-year period (2012–2015). We assessed the restoration effectiveness across years to evaluate how different lifeforms survived over time and the factors that influenced the differential survival of lifeforms and individual plant species 3 ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Forest Value

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the local communities, Indigenous groups, and landholders that allowed us access to their land to monitor the restoration that had been undertaken. This study was supported by the Vegetation Program as a part of the Murray Futures funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments. The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association and the Hindmarsh Island Landcare Group assisted in contacting landholders and providing access to land. Phil Barron and staff from Nature Glenelg Trust undertook many of the surveys described here. Staff from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources greatly assisted the project, particularly Nigel Willoughby, Blair Kavanagh, and James Thiessen. PAH was supported by the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Forest Value (IC150100004).