BS101D, Mount Barrow. Image by Kip Nunn
Bordering the Mount Barrow Forest Reserve, this 30 hectare logging coupe is part of a cluster of areas nominated for protection in Tasmania’s north east. This forest contains significant national heritage value. A key issue with the forest reserve system in north-east Tasmania is the current lack of connectivity between reserves. By adding tracts of forest to the existing reserves, there will be greater connectivity, providing critical habitat corridors for a range of species. In recommending this area for protection, Hitchcock paid attention to the “value of recognisable corridors for achieving long term biological conservation.” (Hitchcock 2012: 265) and stated that “for connectivity to be effective the connecting corridors must as far as practicable be capable of facilitating movement of all relevant species, not just a particular species” (Hitchcock 2012:265).
This coupe features a Eucalyptus obliqua and Eucalyptus delegatensis canopy with a rainforest understorey. Flora species in the area include: sassafras, mountain pepper, musk and daisybush, as well as a diversity of ferns. The coupe is bordered by several streams, and in addition, two creeks run through the area due to be logged (FT 2012:5). These streams are potential habitat for the north east forest snail (FT 2012:9).