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Regional ecosystem details for 12.2.13

Regional ecosystem 12.2.13
Vegetation Management Act class Of concern
Biodiversity status Endangered
Subregion 4, (9), (8)
Estimated extent1 Pre-clearing 500 ha; Remnant 2019 400 ha
Extent in reserves High
Short description Open or dry heath on dunes and beaches
Structure category Mid-dense
Description Open or dry heath. Characteristic shrubs include stunted Banksia aemula and Allocasuarina littoralis as well as Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Leptospermum semibaccatum, Phebalium woombye, Dillwynia retorta and Caustis recurvata. Usually occurs on Pleistocene dunes and beach ridges. (BVG1M: 29a)
Supplementary description Bean et al. (1998), D12
Protected areas Naree Budjong Djara NP, Noosa NP, Great Sandy NP, Littabella NP
Special values Habitat for threatened plant species including Allocasuarina emuina, Acacia attenuata, A. baueri subsp. baueri, Prasophyllum wallum and near threatened species including Macarthuria complanata.
Fire management guidelines SEASON: Late summer to winter. INTENSITY: Moderate. INTERVAL: 8-15 years. STRATEGY: Aim for a burn mosaic of 40-60%. Do not re-light areas remaining unburnt after a planned burn. Burn in association with surrounding ecosystems. ISSUES: Often contains obligate seed regenerating species and as such, the application of frequent fire may reduce species richness if the intervals between fire are not sufficient for plants to produce seed. Too frequent a fire frequency may result in a net loss of nutrients over time from an already nutrient poor system.
Comments Floristically rich. Subject to sand mining. Naturally restricted to Noosa, Minjerribah\North Stradbroke Is and one location just south of the Elliott River.

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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