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Regional ecosystem details for 11.8.3

Regional ecosystem 11.8.3
Vegetation Management Act class Of concern
Biodiversity status Of concern
Subregion 31, 1, 15, 26, 6, 23, (24), (9), (19), (22), (2), (21), (12), (32), (18), (2), (12.6), (13), (5), (11), (25), (27), (12.1)
Estimated extent1 Pre-clearing 81000 ha; Remnant 2019 25000 ha
Extent in reserves Low
Short description Semi-evergreen vine thicket on Cainozoic igneous rocks
Structure category Dense
Description Semi-evergreen vine thicket which may have emergent Acacia harpophylla, Casuarina cristata and Eucalyptus spp. Occurs on Cainozoic igneous rocks. Generally restricted to steeper, rocky hillsides. (BVG1M: 7a)
Supplementary description Fensham: (1995); Fensham and Fairfax (1997); Fensham and Streimann (1997); Neldner (1984), 1; Speck et al. (1968), Lawgi, Grevillea; Story et al. (1967), Britton; Vandersee (1975), Westbrook; Galloway et al. (1974), LU9;
Protected areas Bunya Mountains NP, Peak Range NP, Carnarvon NP, Mount Leura CP, Mount Dumaresq CP, Minerva Hills NP, Homevale RR, Main Range NP
Special values Habitat for threatened plant species Croton magneticus.
Fire management guidelines STRATEGY: This vegetation requires protection from wildfire. Protection primarily relies on broad-scale management of surrounding country with numerous small fires throughout the year so that wildfires will be very limited in extent. Maintenance of fire breaks may be appropriate on flat country, but natural features will be useful as breaks in 'wild' country. ISSUES: Fuel reduction in the surrounding vegetation under low fire danger conditions and/or revegetation of cleared areas reduce the risk of damaging wildfires. Maintain or re-establish native vegetation communities adjacent to this ecosystem. Grazing may be useful in managing fuel loads created by introduced grasses such as buffel.
Comments Areas in subregion 31 are contiguous with similar vegetation in the South East Queensland bioregion. Many remaining areas in coastal parts of the region have been invaded by the exotic Lantana camara and pasture grasses. These exotic weed species provide increased fuel loads which leads to increased wildfire and associated damage to the tree layer. Semi-evergreen vine thicket may invade adjacent regional ecosystems, particularly brigalow-belah in the absence of fire. Areas across the bioregion.

1 Estimated extent is from version 12 pre-clearing and 2019 remnant regional ecosystem mapping. Figures are rounded for simplicity. For more precise estimates, including breakdowns by tenure and other themes see remnant vegetation in Queensland.

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Last updated
12 March 2021
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