The Goorooyaroo Study focuses on woodland management and the response to various management actions such as fire, grazing exclusion, addition of woody debris and feral animal exclusion in a Canberra nature reserve.
The wildlife inhabiting many woodland nature reserves has not shown substantial recovery since reserve acquisition across much of south-eastern Australia. This is despite the use of current best practice management by the majority of managers.
This exciting experiment trials various novel management actions such as prescribed burning, exclusion of kangaroos and feral animals, and the addition of fallen trees. The study is located at Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve, near Canberra (click to see map).
The findings will provide key insights to help restore the health and function of many woodland remnants.
For more details about this study, see Dr Adrian Manning's web site page on the study.
Funding for this project is through the Australian Research Council. Financial and logistical support is also provided from the ACT Government's Department of Environment and Recreation (Territory and Municipal Services).