Trees not pasture the go for Bowen Basin rehabilitation

NATIVE woody tree species have been identified as the most suitable species to use in rehabilitating Bowen Basin minesites, according to research from an ACARP study.
Trees not pasture the go for Bowen Basin rehabilitation Trees not pasture the go for Bowen Basin rehabilitation Trees not pasture the go for Bowen Basin rehabilitation Trees not pasture the go for Bowen Basin rehabilitation Trees not pasture the go for Bowen Basin rehabilitation

The gidgee tree.

Angie Tomlinson

Self-regenerating species such as gidgee and yapunyah were recognised as the most suitable for re-establishment of native ecosystems, and better performing than the more traditional practice of planting pasture species when rehabilitating.

The species can cope well with the Bowen Basin's harsh conditions of drought, salt and acid, according to researchers.

The study also found it was advisable to plant more than one main plant species.

A guide is being developed to assist mine environmental officers in selecting woody resilient species.

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