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Restoration rocks: integrating abiotic and biotic habitat restoration to conserve threatened species and reduce fire fuel load

McDougall, Alice; Milner, Richard N. C.; Driscoll, Don; Smith, Annabel L.

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With rapid urban expansion, biodiversity conservation and human asset protection often require different regimes for managing wildfire risk. We conducted a controlled, replicated experiment to optimise habitat restoration for the threatened Australian pink-tailed worm-lizard, Aprasia parapulchella while reducing fire fuel load in a rapidly developing urban area. We used dense addition of natural rock (30 % cover) and native grass revegetation (Themedatriandra and Poasieberiana) to restore...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMcDougall, Alice
dc.contributor.authorMilner, Richard N. C.
dc.contributor.authorDriscoll, Don
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Annabel L.
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-22T06:09:11Z
dc.date.available2016-09-22T06:09:11Z
dc.identifier.issn0960-3115
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/108948
dc.description.abstractWith rapid urban expansion, biodiversity conservation and human asset protection often require different regimes for managing wildfire risk. We conducted a controlled, replicated experiment to optimise habitat restoration for the threatened Australian pink-tailed worm-lizard, Aprasia parapulchella while reducing fire fuel load in a rapidly developing urban area. We used dense addition of natural rock (30 % cover) and native grass revegetation (Themedatriandra and Poasieberiana) to restore critical habitat elements. Combinations of fire and herbicide (Glyphosate) were used to reduce fuel load and invasive exotic species. Rock restoration combined with herbicide application met the widest range of restoration goals: it reduced fire fuel load, increased ant occurrence (the primary prey of A. parapulchella) in the short-term and increased the growth and survival of native grasses. Lizards colonised the restored habitat within a year of treatment. Our study documents an innovative way by which conflicts between biodiversity conservation and human asset protection can be overcome.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis project was supported by funds from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government.
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag
dc.rights© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
dc.sourceBiodiversity and Conservation
dc.subjectEcological restoration
dc.subjectFire management
dc.subjectHabitat loss
dc.subjectInvasive species
dc.subjectUrban ecology
dc.subjectWildland-urban interface
dc.titleRestoration rocks: integrating abiotic and biotic habitat restoration to conserve threatened species and reduce fire fuel load
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume25
dc.date.issued2016
local.publisher.urlhttp://link.springer.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcDougall, A.,Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationDriscoll, D. A., Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationSmith, A. L., Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.issue8
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1529
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1542
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s10531-016-1136-4
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