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Regional ecosystem details for 12.2.4

Regional ecosystem 12.2.4
Vegetation Management Act class Of concern
Biodiversity status Of concern
Subregion 9
Estimated extent1 Pre-clearing 10000 ha; Remnant 2019 10000 ha
Extent in reserves High
Short description Syncarpia hillii, Lophostemon confertus tall open to closed forest on parabolic high dunes
Structure category Mid-dense
Description Syncarpia hillii and Lophostemon confertus tall open to closed forest with vine forest understorey ('wet sclerophyll'). Occurs on parabolic dunes. (BVG1M: 8a)
Supplementary description Bean et al. (1998), B3
Protected areas Great Sandy NP
Special values Habitat for near threatened plant species including Tecomanthe hillii.
Fire management guidelines SEASON: Late summer to autumn. INTENSITY: Moderate to high. INTERVAL: Minimum 20 years, maximum unknown, requiring further research. STRATEGY: Needs disturbance to maintain RE structure (eucalypt overstorey, rainforest dominated but mixed species understorey). It is unlikely that mosaic burns will be achievable because fire would most likely be of higher intensity (i.e., likely to be a wildfire) and is only likely to occur at long intervals (at least 20+ years) during prolonged dry periods. In exceptional circumstances, different localities containing this ecosystem could be burnt to ensure a continuum of habitat availability across the broader landscape. Using this strategy maximises the probability of spatial mosaics in the landscape. ISSUES: Operationally there will be many areas of wet sclerophyll that cannot be safely burnt, and will only burn in wildfire. There is evidence that suggests that infrequent high intensity fires sustain the eucalypt overstorey. Wet sclerophyll has been shown to be a moving ecotone between vine forest and moist/dry sclerophyll.

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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