Journal article

Evaluating restoration outcomes: trial of a community-based monitoring protocol

Sacha Jellinek, Angela Haslem, Tim O'Brien, Andrew F Bennett

ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT & RESTORATION | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Restoration planting is undertaken widely in rural landscapes to promote more sustainable land use, such as reforesting agricultural land, and to enhance nature conservation. Land managers and community groups have a key role in delivering these actions and can also contribute to monitoring the outcomes. Here, we describe a monitoring protocol developed to assist practitioners to assess the survival of plant species in restoration plantings and report results of a trial of the protocol from 123 monitored plots at 62 sites across Victoria. On average, 61% of plants per site (all species combined) survived and 77% of the species planted persisted after the first summer post-planting. Rates of ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by the Victorian Government as part of the Biodiversity On-ground Action Adaptive Learning Project. It was undertaken as a collaboration between Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research and La Trobe University, with support from Catchment Management Authorities, Greening Australia, Landcare groups and other agencies. Dr Yung En Chee and Dr Joe Greet provided analysis advice, and Dr Lindy Lumsden provided useful comments on an earlier draft of this paper. We thank all those involved for their enthusiasm in trialling the protocol, undertaking field surveys and feedback regarding the methodology.