Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

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Fraser Coast Regional ecosystem information

Regional Ecosystem   12.9-10.14

 

Priority   1

Short Description  Eucalyptus pilularis tall open forest on sedimentary rocks

Notes  koala

Comments  12.9-10.14: Extensively cleared for horticulture, exotic pine plantations and rural residential development in some locations. The clearing has also resulted in fragmentation. Mainly coastal. 12.9-10.14a: Sunshine Coast and inland to Peachester. Minor occurrence on NSW border south of Mt Barney. Extensively cleared for horticulture, exotic pine plantations and rural residential development in some locations. Tends to grade upslope into 12.9-10.14. 12.9-10.14b: Helidon Hills to Crows Nest area. Cleared for horticulture, exotic pine plantations and rural residential development in some locations.

Special Values  Habitat for threatened plant species including Eucalyptus taurina.

Fraser Coast region distribution  All mapped in a single small area in Yerra on the north side of Myrtle Creek on freehold land.

Long Description  Eucalyptus pilularis tall open forest with shrubby understorey. Other species include Syncarpia glomulifera subsp. glomulifera, S. verecunda, Corymbia intermedia, Angophora woodsiana and Eucalyptus microcorys in coastal areas and species of RE 12.9-10.5 in drier sub coastal areas. Eucalyptus pilularis sometimes extends onto colluvial lower slopes. Occurs on Cainozoic and Mesozoic sediments especially sandstone. (BVG1M: 8b) Vegetation communities in this regional ecosystem include: 12.9-10.14a: Open forest of Eucalyptus grandis, Lophostemon confertus, E. microcorys, Syncarpia glomulifera subsp. glomulifera +/- E. pilularis. Occurs on Cainozoic and Mesozoic sediments especially sandstone in wet gullies and southern slopes. (BVG1M: 8a) 12.9-10.14b: Eucalyptus pilularis open forest. Other canopy species may include Angophora woodsiana, Eucalyptus baileyana, Corymbia henryi, C. trachyphloia, E. taurina, and E. microcorys. Occurs in dry sub coastal areas on Cainozoic and Mesozoic sediments especially quartzose sandstone. (BVG1M: 8b)

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