GREEN TRIANGLE REGION REFERENCE MATERIAL

The Green Triangle Regional Plantation Committee has commissioned and documented various projects based on the forestry and plantation industry in the Green Triangle region.

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REGIONAL WOOD FLOW

In collaboration with regional plantation growers, the South East Resources Information Centre SERIC) has developed a wood flow model that can identify the annual volume/tonnage of wood moving from the plantations to any point on the transport network in the region.

GTRPC Wood Flow Brochure 2009.pdf

 

BIODIVERSITY

The Green Triangle Regional Plantation Committee commissioned Greening Australia to undertake two projects.

The first was to collate a series of case studies that various plantation growers had undertaken to integrate natural biodiversity into their plantations.

Protecting and enhancing biodiversity in a plantation landscape.pdf

The second project was a major assessment of the SERIC Geographic Information System database to identify areas of existing native vegetation and those areas which could be revegetated to provide an expanded area of native biodiversity and to speculate on expanding landscape scale links across the region.

Full Report:

Identifying the biodiversity attributes of the plantation estate in the Green Triangle.pdf (8.7 Mbytes)

Summary Brochure:

Biodiversity Report Native Vegetation Summary Brochure 2008.pdf (3.7 Mbytes)

 

FAUNA IN EUCALYPT AND PINE PLANTATIONS IN THE GREEN TRIANGLE OF SOUTH-EASTERM SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH WESTERN VICTORIA

The GTRPC commissioned the Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Science to compare the vertebrate faunal biodiversity of plantations with native vegetation and adjoining farmland over several seasons.

The studies of were conducted at 92 sites in the Green Triangle region of south­eastern South Australia and south-western Victoria in 2006 and 2007. Thirteen sites were in cleared farmland, 27 in pine plantations, 22 in blue gum plantations and 30 in native forest.  Totals of 105 bird species (100 native and 5 introduced), 11 bat species (all native) and 16 other wild mammal species (11 native and 5 introduced) were recorded.  Reptiles (2 species) and frogs (5 species) were recorded incidentally.

Thie study showed that plantations provide more habitat for native birds than cleared farmland, but less than native forest.  Blue gum plantations provide habitat for more species than pine plantations (notably canopy-feeding insectivores and nectarivores), but pines offer an important food resource for yellow-tailed black-cockatoos and habitat for some locally notable species such as Bassian thrush (Zoothera lunulata) and olive whistler (Pachycephala olivacea). Other notable species in plantations included painted button-quail (Turnix varius) (in blue gums) and forest raven (Corvus tasmanicus) (in blue gums and pines). Plantations are also used by a range of native mammals (especially macropods and bats) but their value to these species was not as marked as in previous studies in smaller plantations.

Full report:

Fauna in Eucalypt and Pine Plantations in the Green Triangle of south-eastern South Australia and south-western Victoria (6 Mbytes)

By Richard Loyn, Edward McNabb, Phoebe Macak and Garry Cheers, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research Technical Report Series 186, 2009.

 

FORESTRY'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE GREEN TRIANGLE REGION ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT

A joint Green Triangle Regional Plantation Committee and ForestrySA project by Econsearch identified that forestry contributed over $778 million to gross regional product in 2003/04; 16% of the total regional economy and 30% of the total primary production for the region; off about 10% of the land base.

In addition, forestry and processing provided 12% of the total jobs in the Green Triangle region, and about 23% of all employment in the region’s primary industries.  Directly and indirectly the industry employed 8,765, of which approximately 830 were in the forestry sector, with flow-on indirect employment totalling almost 4,600 jobs.

Forestry economic+employment contributions Green Triangle.pdf

 

GOOD NEIGHBOUR CHARTER

The GTRPC has produced a Good Neighbour Charter enhance communication between commercial growers, neighbours and the community to develop partnerships to address local and regional issues of mutual concern.

Many growers are already parties to national and international certification systems that recognise the importance of local economic, social and environmental issues. Commercial tree growing operates in a highly regulated environment which includes specialist Codes of Practice, planning regulations and policies.  The attached file describes the growers commitments to their neighbours, the community and the environment.

 

GTRPC Good Neighbour Brochure.pdf (351 KB)

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CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS AND ADAPTION RESPONSES FOR SOUTH-WEST VICTORIA'S PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

The Department of Primary Industries Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Project team has published a discussion paper on the potential impacts of various scenarios of Climate Change on the south west of Victoria.  The paper also discusses possible responses and adaptations individuals may consider.

You may download the report here.

DPI VCCAP Discussion Paper 2010

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