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Domestic timber harvesting affects wood quantities in Tasmanian dry eucalypt forests


Moroni, MT and Musk, RA, Domestic timber harvesting affects wood quantities in Tasmanian dry eucalypt forests, Australian Forestry, 77, (2) pp. 86-91. ISSN 0004-9158 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA)

DOI: doi:10.1080/00049158.2014.901884


Domestic fuelwood harvesters illegally reduced coarse (≥10-cm diameter) downed woody debris stocks in Tasmanian mature dry eucalypt forests, 27-34 m tall, by 96.9 m3 ha-1 or 22.7 t ha-1. There was no effect of domestic harvesting on quantities of dead trees or live trees. Few dead trees were encountered in natural (unharvested) sites. Domestic harvesters preferentially removed debris <70 cm in diameter, leaving domestically harvested sites with 40% less volume and biomass of downed woody debris than natural sites. Assuming domestic harvesting, at the measured intensity, extends 25 m into forests either side of the state forest road system that passes through the studied forest type, dead wood stocks in that forest type and tenure throughout the state have been reduced by 688 000 m3 or 161 000 t. Domestic harvesting potentially damages biodiversity values, diminishes habitat available for species dependent on fallen logs and reduces forest carbon stocks. Domestic harvesters are advised to obtain licences to collect fuelwood from areas with an appropriate forest practices plan.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:coarse woody debris, dead wood, eucalypt, forest, harvesting, sclerophyllous forests, snags, fuelwood
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry management and environment
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Moroni, MT (Dr Martin Moroni)
UTAS Author:Musk, RA (Dr Robert Musk)
ID Code:118027
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-06-30
Last Modified:2017-09-18

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