Box-Gum Woodland Photography Competition
What is Box-Gum Woodland?
A Box-Gum Woodland is a critically endangered ecological community, an open grassy woodland characterised by the presence or prior occurrence of White Box (E. albens), Yellow Box (E. melliodora) or Blakely’s Red Gum (E. blakelyi). It has a ground layer of native tussock grasses and herbs, and a sparse, scattered shrub layer. The community is an important habitat for a wide range of threatened animals, particularly in communities where there are old, large trees with hollows. Examples include Koala, Squirrel Glider, Barking Owl, Superb and Swift Parrots and the Regent Honeyeater.
Why is it important?
Areas of Box-Gum Woodlands have been drastically reduced since colonisation, with what remains often degraded and highly fragmented. Data suggests less than 5% intact remnants remain of an area which once covered roughly a third of eastern Australia, from central Queensland all the way down to Victoria. Box-Gum Woodland is under continued threat from clearing, timber and firewood cutting, grazing, weeds and disturbance.
How can I tell if I’m in a Box-Gum Woodland?
– Is the site on the Western Slopes and Plains or Tablelands?
– Does the site contain, or would it have been likely to have contained White Box, Yellow Box or Blakely’s Red Gum?
– Is the ground layer mainly grassy?
– If the site is degraded, is there potential for assisted regeneration of the tree layer and understorey (e.g by removing grazing, weeds etc)?
If the answer is Yes to the above questions, you are more than likely to be in a Box-Gum Woodland.
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