15 900 ha
Principal biome (main communities)
Temperate broadleaf forest (mainly Eucalyptus obliqua wet forest) with some areas of moorland, temperate rainforest, riparian andmontane conifer forest and scrubs.
Description and goals (you can read a fuller overview of Warra here)
The Warra Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site has been established tofacilitate the understanding of ecological processes of Tasmania's wet (Eucalyptus obliqua) forests. These forests are part of the southern cool temperate wet forest biome. The programsfoster multi-disciplinary research within a long-term framework. The site contains both working forests and conservation reserves. Appropriate management prescriptions and practices prevail indifferent parts of the site.
The main aims are as follows:
To understand fundamental ecological processes in E. obliqua wet forests.
To assess and monitor biodiversity andgeodiversity.
To determine the long term effects of different forest management regimes on natural diversity and ecological processes and thus assess their sustainability.
Where necessary, todevelop alternative management regimes.
To provide an integrated multi-disciplinary focus which complements research programs elsewhere in Tasmania.
To link Tasmanian forest researchwith national and international programs having a long term ecological focus - more.
History of the site
The site is partly within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, whichis managed for conservation, and partly within State forest, which is managed for multiple purposes including wood production. There has been a history of data collection for forestrypurposes since the late 1960s. Parts of the area were first harvested in the early 1970s. The complete logging history, recent fire histories and vegetation survey data are available.