Tasmanian Blue Gum Control

Tasmanian Blue Gum Impact on Post-Bushfire Native Scrub.

After the bushfires in 2019-20 on the western end of Kangaroo Island, Tasmanian Blue Gum plantations were burnt including the high value native scrub around them.

The fires spread the TBG seed prolifically and with very little competition from the native vegetation, they were able to germinate at a colossal rate. They grow very quickly and takeover the native vegetation, competing for sunlight, nutrients and moisture.

AHTS began systematically walking through the dense vegetation in search of the TBG saplings removing them with a variety of methods, from hand pulling and using mechanical aides to pull the small ones out, to hatchets and small chainsaws to remove and poison the larger trees.

AHTS became a preferred supplier to PIRSA for removing the juvenile TBGs due to the thorough, safe and efficient methods used. While the volume of saplings removed seemed colossal, it was only a drop in the ocean compared to the project that will be ongoing for many years with both contractors and volunteers putting in many hours. AHTS are proud to have been part of this project, and glad to be part of the new panel of contractors for the next two years.

 

PROJECT VALUE: $208k

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