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After the goldrush : the success of ecological restoration following mining in the Box and Ironbark Forests, North Central Victoria


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Bellette, Marc 1999 , 'After the goldrush : the success of ecological restoration following mining in the Box and Ironbark Forests, North Central Victoria', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The new science of restoration ecology offers those who work towards ecological
restoration an evaluative framework for measuring success. This research project
considers the restoration work carried out on four mined sites in the Box and Ironbark
Forest Ecosystem of North Central Victoria. To measure success, vegetation cover and
height, along with thirteen environmental variables and three site characteristics, were
recorded in four mine sites and compared to nearby forest controls. It was found that
mined sites had fewer native species than the control sites, and soil fertility and litter
cover were less. Five floristic communities were described from the mined areas and
controls, two of which are restricted to mined areas. Global Non-parametric Multi
Dimensional Scaling of the vegetation data and vector fitting of the environmental and
site variables also showed that strong floristic differences exist between mined and
control areas at most sites. As restoration attempts were similar at each site, ecosystem
resilience was considered as the main contributing factor to the different degrees of
success. It was found that mined areas with prolonged disturbance regimes shared less
in common with their control. Weed cover was not found to be significantly different
between the controls and mined areas. This study serves as baseline data for long term
research and recommends that clear goals and objectives need to be implemented in
determining successful mine site restoration in the Box and Ironbark Ecosystem.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Bellette, Marc
Keywords: Abandoned mined lands reclamation, Abandoned mined lands reclamation, Restoration ecology, Restoration ecology, Reforestation, Reforestation
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Thesis (M.Env.Mgt)--University of Tasmania, 1999. Includes bibliographical references

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