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Regional ecosystem details for 12.2.6

Regional ecosystem 12.2.6
Vegetation Management Act class Least concern
Biodiversity status No concern at present
Subregion 9, 4, (8)
Estimated extent1 Pre-clearing 73000 ha; Remnant 2019 69000 ha
Extent in reserves High
Short description Eucalyptus racemosa subsp. racemosa open forest on dunes and sand plains. Usually deeply leached soils
Structure category Mid-dense
Description Eucalyptus racemosa subsp. racemosa, Corymbia intermedia, C. gummifera, Angophora leiocarpa and E. pilularis shrubby or grassy woodland to open forest. Occurs on Quaternary coastal dunes and beaches. Dunes with deeply leached soils. (BVG1M: 9g)
Supplementary description Ryan, T.S. (ed.) (2012); Bean et al. (1998), B9
Protected areas Great Sandy NP, Moreton Island NP, Naree Budjong Djara NP, Poona NP, Pine Ridge CP
Special values Potential habitat for NCA listed species: Boronia rivularis, Glycine argyrea, Macrozamia pauli-guilielmi. This ecosystem is also known to provide suitable habitat for koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus).
Fire management guidelines SEASON: Late summer to winter. INTENSITY: Low to moderate. INTERVAL: 2-6 years. STRATEGY: Mosaic burning should be used to create some longer unburnt patches. Burning must be implemented while there is good soil moisture and mild weather conditions, using spot ignitions and slowly ignited, short drip-torch lines, to ensure fire intensity remains low to moderate. ISSUES: Intense fires during dry conditions damage grasses and promote dense shrub and small tree recruitment. Shrubs and small trees grow into dense ladder fuels that shade grasses and can draw flames into the canopy damaging eucalypt crowns. This promotes further dense shrub recruitment, which grows into dense thickets during subsequent long fire intervals, perpetuating the cycle. The loss of native grasses makes early-season, low-intensity fires more difficult to implement.

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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