The aim of this method is to compile land use and management practices and their observed and measured impacts and effects on vegetation condition. The results provide land managers and researchers with a tool for reporting and monitoring spatial and temporal transformations of Australia’s native vegetated landscapes due to changes in land use and management practices. Following are the details for the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve Site 3: Pre-European benchmark-analogue vegetation: The site was originally woodlands on the deeper soils of the lower slopes and flats (Eucalyptus blakelyi and Eucalyptus melliodora) (McIntyre et al 2010). Brief chronology of changes in land use and management:1819: Area managed by Indigenous Ngunnawal people, 1826: Sheep grazing with shepherds commenced, 1860: Fences constructed - continuous stocking with sheep commenced in large paddocks, 1920-25: Large old and dead trees felled for firewood for Canberra market, 1961: 50 acre paddock fenced as a future lambing paddock, 1962-65: Remaining trees ringbarked, left to stand to dry out and sold as firewood, 1966-78: Paddock converted to improved pasture. Repeated resown and fertilized, 1979-2004: Holding paddock for lambing ewes, 1994: Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve established, 2004: Continuous stocking with sheep grazing ceased, 2005: Kangaroo proof fence erected, 2008: Kangaroo population begins to rapidly increase, 2008: Commenced annual removal of pest species of plants and animals, 2009: Introduced large logs to the site from off the Reserve, 2010: Commenced annual Kangaroo cull.
The aim of this method is to compile land use and management practices and their observed and measured impacts and effects on vegetation condition. The results provide land managers and researchers with a tool for reporting and monitoring spatial and temporal transformations of Australia’s native vegetated landscapes due to changes in land use and management practices.
Information is compiled by year from published and unpublished sources. It includes qualitative and quantitative observations. It represents a structured narrative. Once compiled this narrative is translated into 22 indicators of vegetation condition which are grouped into three condition components: vegetation structure, species composition and regenerative capacity. Step 1. select a representative site in terms of soil and landscape, and pre-European vegetation community. Step 2: locate that site using google earth and record its co-ordinates in the VAST-2 Chronology Datasheet Step 3: Review relevant literature for the site and region, compiling information on land use history and associated land management practices. Simultaneously record for same year effect and impact of those practices on vegetation condition. Step 4: Identify a group of specialists with ecological knowledge about the site who can revive, validate and identify gaps in the chronology and the accuracy of the data. Step 5: Translate the observations from step 4 into 22 separately accessed vegetation condition indicators. Step 6: Circulate the results of scoring of the 22 indicators and their aggregates including the graphs to the specialists identified in the step 4. Step 7: Send results to Richard Thackway for incorporation into the ACEAS portal.
This data is subject to conditions described in the Creative Commons CC BY Australia 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/) licence. Please cite/attribute this data as: Thackway, R (2012). Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve site 3, ACT. Ver. 1. VAST-2: Tracking the Transformation of Australia's Vegetated Landscapes. Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of Queensland, Brisbane. doi:10.4227/05/508637F997933. http://dx.doi.org/10.4227/05/508637F997933