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Tasmania's Forest Types

The official Australian Government definition of a forest is "an area, incorporating all living and non-living components, that is dominated by trees having usually a single stem and a mature or potentially mature stand height exceeding 2 metres and with existing or potential crown cover of over strata equal to or greater than 20 per cent. In more simplistic terms, a forest is an area with plants, animals, fungi, insects, bacteria, rocks and soil, where trees have the potential to be more than two metres tall with leaves that block out 20 per cent of the sky.

Tasmania has four main forest types; wet schlerophyll, dry schlerophyll, rainforest and plantation.

Forests

A forest is an area with plants, animals, fungi, insects, bacteria, rocks and soil, where trees have the potential to be more than two metres tall with leaves that block out 20 per cent of the sky.  Read more...

Wet Eucalypt Forest

Wet eucalypt forests are fairly widespread throughout Tasmania, occurring in areas with fertile soil and reasonably good rainfall.  Read more...

Dry Eucalypt Forest

Dry eucalypt forests are prevalent throughout eastern and some of central Tasmania. Dry eucalypt forests are dominated by eucalypt species and depend on regular disturbance such as fire to regenerate.  Read more...

Plantations

By definition plantations are intensively managed stands of either native or exotic trees species, created by the regular placement of seedlings or seed. (Source: www.daff.gov.au)  Read more...

Native Forest

All of Tasmania's forests, other than plantations, are native forest. The difference between their classification as old growth, regrowth or regeneration is the age of the trees in each particular forest area.  Read more...

Old Growth Forest

Old-growth forest is ecologically mature forest where the effects of disturbances are now negligible.  Read more...

Regeneration and Regrowth Forest

Native forest containing a substantial proportion of trees that are in the younger growth phase and are actively growing in height and diameter.   Read more...

Temperate Rainforest

Tasmania has some of the largest tracts of temperate rainforest in the world.  Read more...

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