Study

Native vegetation corridors in exotic pine plantations provide long-term habitat for frogs

  • Published source details Lemckert F.L., Brassil T.E. & Towerton A. (2005) Native vegetation corridors in exotic pine plantations provide long-term habitat for frogs. Ecological Management & Restoration, 6, 132–134.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Retain connectivity between habitat patches

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Amphibian Conservation
  1. Retain connectivity between habitat patches

    A before-and-after study in 1998–1999 of pine plantations and surrounding native forest in New South Wales, Australia (Lemckert, Brassil & Towerton 2005) found that retaining native vegetation corridors helped maintain populations of eight of 13 frog species over 20 years. Eight of the species that had been present in 1980–1984 were recorded within native forest remnants and plantations in 1998–1999. Five species were not found, but two new species were observed. Numbers of species or individuals captured did not increase significantly with corridor width or distance to continuous native vegetation. Species diversity and abundance did not differ between sites that bordered pine or were surrounded by pine (>450 m from native forest). Following a wildfire in 1983, pines were replanted and native vegetation strips (20 m to over 100 m wide) regenerated. Strips were originally retained along drainlines linking native forest remnants. Twenty-four breeding sites within and around the forest were surveyed four times between November 1998 and December 1999. Call and visual surveys were undertaken.

     

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