News sheet #2 from the White Box woodland understorey restoration project. This project is developing practical methods to help landholders and managers to restore degraded woodlands.
The following photos show the effects of the field trials in August 2009. The short term effects of sugar addition are especially noticeable. The plots are in two Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) near Albury – Bakes and Cumberoona.
Treatment effects are not obvious at this stage. Native spear-grasses (Stipa), Capeweed and Paterson’s Curse are dominant.
Capeweed and Paterson’s Curse dominate in the plots without sugar.
Where sugar was added, spear-grasses and bare ground dominate. Paterson’s Curse and Capeweed plants are small and stunted. This is a short-term effect.
The boundary between the sugar and no sugar plots is very obvious.
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We’ve kept this news sheet brief, and have left out many details. If you’d like to learn more about the project, please contact us and we’ll be happy to describe the project in more detail.
By Ian Lunt, Suzanne Prober & Ian Cole, August 2009