Some of Our Recent Projects
Wildsite has been involved with many projects of varying complexity and scale since 1997. We have experience in a wide range of ecological consultancy projects, including ecological fire planning, vegetation management and restoration, environmental impact assessment, education and training, and ecological research and monitoring. A selection of our recent projects is outlined below.
Good Fire Restoration Plan Template
The restoration of fire regimes is a re-emerging land management approach in the region, and this template provides managers with a targeted and consistent approach for assessing and remediating altered fire regime issues with strong consideration of ecological and Aboriginal cultural perspectives.
Koala Fire Management Plan – Ballina Shire
Regular fire is a natural process in koala habitat, however, changed fire regimes are a major threat to koala populations in Ballina Shire. The Koala Fire Management Plan outlines several management strategies, including ecological and Aboriginal cultural burns, integrated fire planning, community education and monitoring.
Altered Fire Regime Research – Bundjalung Wilderness Area
The Bundjalung Wilderness Area provides an ideal location to research how biodiversity responds to changing landscape fire patterns. This suite of studies examined the impact of excluding fires on heathy plant communities, insectivorous bats and ecosystem function.
Hazard Reduction Burn Guidelines for Koala Habitat
Koala habitat requires regular fire to ensure feed tree health and regeneration. However, planned burns must also ensure the safety of resident of koalas. These koala habitat burn guidelines outline best-practice procedures to minimise impacts on koalas, other biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Restoration Plans – Byron Clay Heath EEC
The Byron Bay Graminoid Clay Heathland is an endangered ecological community (EEC) with outstanding biodiversity values and major cultural significance to the Arakwal people of Byron Bay. Wildsite’s restoration plans provide practical actions and guidelines to manage key threats and restore the community through weed and stormwater management, and the restoration of historical fire regimes.
Vegetation Mapping – Cape Byron & Arakwal National Park
Cape Byron and the adjoining Arakwal National Park support a unique diversity of threatened flora and vegetation types, including littoral rainforest, forested wetlands, Eucalypt woodlands, heathlands and grasslands. Our detailed threatened species surveys and vegetation mapping now underpin biodiversity management in these unique protected areas.
State Vegetation Type Map (Trees Near Me) accuracy
We tested the accuracy of the new State Vegetation Type Map for the NSW North Coast. Areas mapped as Wet Sclerophyll Forest were highly inaccurate (<20%, unusable), with most plots failing to meet the structural or floristic criteria of the NSW or National classification frameworks.
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