Victorian Tall Eucalypt Forest Plot Network: Victorian Central Highlands Long Term Monitoring Vegetation and Logging Data, 2010–2012

Typecollection
TitleVictorian Tall Eucalypt Forest Plot Network: Victorian Central Highlands Long Term Monitoring Vegetation and Logging Data, 2010–2012
Alternate TitleVictorian Tall Eucalypt Forest Plot Network: Vegetation And Logging Data, 2010–2012
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c45454ecaa48
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionWe conducted a study, between 2010 and 2012, comparing the recovery of vascular plants in the Mountain ash forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands after various disturbances.

These data were published as a component of the paper Blair, D. P., McBurney, L. M., Blanchard, W. , Banks, S. C. and Lindenmayer, D. B. (2016), Disturbance gradient shows logging affects plant functional groups more than fire. Ecol Appl, 26: 2280-2301, https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1369.

A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Victorian Tall Eucalypt Forest Plot Network’s full program is provided at http://doi.org/10.25911/5c4445118125d.
Full DescriptionAbstract: We conducted a study comparing the recovery of vascular plants in the Mountain ash forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands after various disturbances. Prior to disturbance, all sites had a dominant overstorey of Mountain Ash that had regenerated from the 1939 wildfire. Our sites covered four disturbance treatment types – two severities of wildfire (low and high severity) and two types of logging treatment (clearfell and salvage logging). Comparisons were made between the treated sites with undisturbed forest which were unlogged and unburnt since 1939.

The data were collected from long term monitoring sites in 2011 following the large 2009 Black Saturday wildfire. All vascular plant species were recorded along a 100 metre transect that extended centrally down the middle of each 1.0 hectare (100 x 100 metre) study sites. Plant species presence was recorded within 5 metres either side of the transect, and in three 10 x 10 metres plots situated 10–20 metres, 50–60 metres and 90–100 metres along the central transect. Clearfelled sites were logged in 2009 as well as cut unburnt forest. Slashed areas were subsequently burnt in a regeneration burn, typically 6 months post-harvest. Salvage logging also involved clearfelling, undertaken within 12 months of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire. Forest that was salvage logged was burned at high severity.

The study concluded there were important differences in response to fire and logging. Species richness declined across the ‘disturbance gradient’ from low severity burned, high severity burned, clearfell logged to salvage logged forest, and the frequency of certain functional groups (sprouting species, ferns and midstorey trees) declined across the gradient of disturbance.

This is part of a much larger dataset that began in 1983 when the Victorian Tall Eucalypt Forest Plot Network research plots commenced. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Victorian Tall Eucalypt Forest Plot Network’s full program is provided athttp://doi.org/10.25911/5c4445118125d.

These data were published as a component of the paper Blair, D. P., McBurney, L. M., Blanchard, W. , Banks, S. C. and Lindenmayer, D. B. (2016), Disturbance gradient shows logging affects plant functional groups more than fire. Ecol Appl, 26: 2280-2301, https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1369.

Sampling method: A series of experiments were undertaken across areas subjected to logging within the Central Highlands. The sites covered clearfell harvesting of unburnt forest of 1939 age, sites that were salvage logged following fires in 2009 and clearfell logged and seeded sites that were part of a larger experiment on seeding after harvesting. The sites were selected in a variety of ways, including through consultation with DELWP and VicForests.

Study extent: Vegetation sampling was undertaken between March and June.

Project funding: This research was funded by means of three grants: Australian Research Council; Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria and between 2012 and 2018 through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Methods

Number
1
Title
Plot set-up
Description
The long term monitoring sites were set up from 1983 to 2011. Sites were located in different age forest, land tenures, geographic locations, and environmental factors.
Instrument


Number
2
Title
Vascular plant identification
Description
Sites were selected from on-going research sites relating to clearfell logging of unburnt forest, a seeding experiment and a study of salvage logging. Existing 100 x 100 metre sites were selected from a pool of 175 such long term monitoring sites as part of the ANU Central Highlands project. Each site has a central transect. Species were observed and documented within 5 metre of central transect. Further identification of all vascular plants was undertaken within three 10 x 10 metre plots along transect at 10–20m, 50–60m and 90–100m intervals.
Instrument
Transect and plots flagged


Number
3
Title
Data collection methods
Description
Data collected using non-invasive methods, using proformas (paper field sheet) with species marked ‘T’ (transect), 1, 2 or 3 (plots 1, 2 and 3).
Instrument
Clipboard, pen, datasheet


Number
4
Title
Documentation of data
Description
Data is entered into database from field sheets.
Instrument
Central database


File Descriptions

Name
lvic_logging_data_2011-2012_p655.csv
Description

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flora_descriptor
definitionObserved value
nominal text definitionCharacter
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plot_number
definitionPlot number
ordinal text definitionCharacter
site_code
definitionSite code
nominal text definitionCharacter
survey_year
definitionYear of survey
interval number typenatural
interval standard unitnominalYear
treatment
definitionTreatment
nominal text definitionCharacter


Name
lvic_vegetation_data_2011-2012_p655.csv
Description

disturbance_category
definitionDisturbance category
nominal text definitionCharacter
flora_descriptor
definitionObserved value
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records1421
plot_number
definitionPlot number
nominal text definitionCharacter
site_code
definitionSite code
ordinal text definitionCharacter
survey_year
definitionYear of survey
interval number typenatural
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treatment
definitionTreatment
nominal enumeration codes
HSHigh severity burned
LSLow severity burned
UDUndisturbed


Contact Emaildavid.lindenmayer@anu.edu.au
davoblair@nex.net.au
Laurence.berry@anu.edu.au
david.keith@unsw.edu.au
david.keith@environment.nsw.gov.au
Contact AddressFenner School of Environment & Society
ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment
Frank Fenner Building 141
Linnaeus Way
CANBERRA, ACT, 0200
Australia
Contact Phone Number+61 2 612 50654
+61 439 660 996
+61 2 9995 5000
+61 2 6125 7653
+61 427 770 593
+61 2 9385 2111
+61 427 856 498
Contact Fax Number+61 2 6125 0746
Principal InvestigatorDavid Lindenmayer
SupervisorsDavid Lindenmayer
CollaboratorsSam Banks
David Blair
Lachlan McBurney
Wade Blanchard
Fields of Research0602 Ecology
0502 Environmental Science and Management
0705 Forestry Sciences
KeywordsGCMD:Earth Science>Biosphere>Vegetation>Forest Composition/Vegetation Structure
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Vegetation structure
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Fire
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Plant species composition
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Logging forestry
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Plant species abundance
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Individual plants
keyword:Logging
keyword:Fire
keyword:Mountain ash
keyword:Eucalyptus regnans
keyword:Disturbance
keyword:Logging functional groups
keyword:Vascular plants
keyword:Species diversity
Victorian Tall Eucalypt Forest
Vegetation And Logging Data
Type of Research ActivityStrategic basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
20102012
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextCentral Highlands of Victoria, Australia
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -37.342523; southlimit = -37.919069; westlimit = 145.477922; eastLimit = 146.195374
Date of data creation2016-04-14
Year of data publication2016
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
DavidLindenmayer
DavidBlair
DavidKeith
LachlanMcBurney
LaurenceBerry
Publisher for CitationLong Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Publications

Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
10.1002/eap.1369
Publication Title
Disturbance gradient shows logging affects plant functional groups more than fire.
Publication Reference
Blair, D. P., McBurney, L. M., Blanchard, W. , Banks, S. C. and Lindenmayer, D. B. (2016), Disturbance gradient shows logging affects plant functional groups more than fire. Ecol Appl, 26: 2280-2301, https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1369.


Related Websites
URLTitle
http://hdl.handle.net/1885/130861ANU Open Research. Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) collection.
Other Related IdentifiersMorphoId:ltern2.1071
PackageId:655
Access RightsData collected prior to 2012 is available via mediated access only.

Co-authorship with the data provider (Professor David Lindenmayer) of any publication of research utilising this data is an expected outcome.

The data provider requests consultation, including a summary of the proposed research and intended use, before publication of research utilising this data is possible.
Access Rights TypeRestricted
Rights held in and over the dataAusGoal Restrictive Licence - This licence has been developed specifically for material that may contain personal or other confidential information. It may also be used for other reasons, including material to be licenced under some form of limiting or restrictive condition.
Licence TypeAusGoalRestrictive - AusGoal Restrictive Licence
LicenceLTERN Deed: 43

Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5824
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