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Exotic Plantations

Intensively managed forests with >30% canopy cover, which have been planted by people with species not naturally occurring in that country/area.



Forest Ecosystems


What ecosystem functions do exotic plantations perform??


Exotic plantations are regularly spaced to limit competition for light, nutrients and water.

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Table 1 presents the relative magnitude exotic plantations perform different ecosystem functions (relative to other ecosystems) in SEQ.


Table 1:The relative magnitude (to other Ecosystem Reporting Categories) exotic plantations perform each ecosystem function.

Ecosystem Function Category Ecosystem Function 0
Regulating Functions
Gas Regulation            
Climate Regulation            
Disturbance Regulation            
Water Regulation            
Soil Retention            
Nutrient Regulation            
Waste Treatment and Assimilation            
Biological Control            
Barrier Effect of Vegetation            
Supporting Functions
Supporting Habitats            
Soil Formation            
Provisioning Functions
Raw Materials            
Water Supply            
Genetic Resources            
Provision of Shade and Shelter            
Pharmacological Resources            
Cultural Functions
Landscape Opportunity            


What types of exotic plantations are in SEQ?

These ecosystems usually include pine F1 hybrid – mix of Pinus caribea and Pinus elliotiio.

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Exotic plantations across a landscape are recognisable by a pattern of monoculture.

Links to other publications and websites

Plantation Information Network
Forestry Plantations Queensland
Exotic pests and disease
Forest and Wood Products Australia


What is the area and extent of exotic plantations in SEQ?

Exotic Plantation areas cover 535 km2, 2.13% of SEQ. This map shows a large patch of pine plantations in the Pumicestone region of SEQ. Another large patch exists in the north outside the region near Gympie. Scattered plantations occur across SEQ. Private exotic plantations are not mapped.


What is the vulnerability of exotic plantations and threats to this ecosystem in SEQ?


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How do we manage exotic plantations in SEQ?


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