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Frequent mowing is better than grazing for the conservation value of lowland tussock grassland at Pontville, Tasmania

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Verrier, FJ and Kirkpatrick, JB (2005) Frequent mowing is better than grazing for the conservation value of lowland tussock grassland at Pontville, Tasmania. Austral Ecology, 30 (1). pp. 74-78.

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Abstract

The effects of an unusual high frequency mowing regime, which involved the removal of slash, were compared to moderate grazing through the method of paired quadrats across a fenceline, which was orthogonal to a weak environmental gradient. The mown plots proved superior in their conservation characteristics to the moderately grazed plots. The mowing regime produced greater cover of rare or threatened species, greater native cover and lesser exotic grass cover. It thus presents an opportunity for maintaining or improving the condition of previously grazed remnants in reserves without resorting to the use of stock or fire for biomass reduction.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Austral Ecology
Page Range: pp. 74-78
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2004.01425.x
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:21
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/1803
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