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Vegetation change in an urban grassy woodland since the early nineteenth century


Sorensen, ER and Kirkpatrick, JB, Vegetation change in an urban grassy woodland since the early nineteenth century, Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 155, (2) pp. 37-54. ISSN 0080-4703 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Our understanding of the history of vegetation change after the British invasion of Tasmania is limited. The Queens Domain in Hobart is an area of remnant grassy woodland that provides the opportunity to document such vegetation change and its causes using historical images and reports. Tree removal, stock grazing, and the consequent reduction in the incidence of fire appear to have resulted in a decline in tree cover after European settlement during 1861-1880. Paintings and photographs indicated a sharp increase in tree cover between 1921 and 1941, associated with the banning of stock grazing. This increase appears to have been encouraged, rather than hindered, by the increasing frequency of low-intensity fire resulting from a reduction in grazing pressure.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:artwork, Queens Domain, grassy woodland, stock grazing, burning, Tasmania, vegetation reconstruction, disturbance regime, history, city park
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Sorensen, ER (Ms Ellen-Rose Sorensen)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:149069
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2022-03-04
Last Modified:2022-04-22

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