VicForests’ post-harvest surveys show efficacy of new harvesting and regeneration practices for wildlife.
VicForests’ post-harvest monitoring program has shown its variable retention harvesting systems are better protecting wildlife as species are found to persist within and around its completed harvest areas.
This research was conducted over a two-year period to assess the persistence of arboreal species, such as the Leadbeater’s Possum and Greater Glider, after harvesting and regeneration operations had been completed.
It found Greater Gliders persisting in almost all surveyed areas, and the preservation of suitable habitat trees and future habitat trees provided another valuable habitat source for other hollow dependant species.
Barjarg Flat post harvest detections
This map shows the post harvest detections of the Barjarg Flat Post coupe which was harvested using a 60% retention system.
The research also discovered Leadbeater’s Possums in five-year-old post-harvesting regrowth and nesting in Silver Wattle hollows.
In addition to preserving habitat such as hollow-bearing trees, our variable retention harvesting systems also better cater for wildlife and flora by increasing forest connectivity throughout the harvest area.
VicForests, and our team of forest experts are passionate about their work, and these findings highlight our commitment to protect Victoria’s precious flora and fauna.