Habitats for the future
Ecological restoration of the Turner Family Foundation’s rural properties and coordinated management activities are delivering resilient, self-sustaining ecosystems and essential habitat for native wildlife.
Regular activities include tree-planting, weed eradication and wildlife tracking and studies.
Regional ecosystems (vegetation associations with geology, landform and soils) are the essential element that needs to be understood in order to manage land for both production and conservation outcomes. The Foundation has undertaken work with the Queensland Herbarium to map all current and preclearing Regional Ecosystems at a 1:25000 scale across our nature refuges. This data will form the basis for sustainable property management.
The Spicers Peak Nature Refuge protects 10 regional ecosystems, five of which are endangered or ‘of concern’. Eucalyptus open forest and woodlands make up the dominant plant communities with grass and woody plant understory. There are ironbarks, stringybarks, bloodwood barks and box barks. Eucalyptus tereticornis is among the dominant species.
The Old Hidden Vale Nature Refuge and wider Hidden Vale property includes several distinct Regional Ecosystems. Some are considered `Of Concern’ due to historical clearing and other threats. These include Narrow leaved ironbark (RE 12.8.16), and Queensland blue gum (RE 12.3.7)