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Shrubland - Woodland

Shrublands are dominated by woody vegetation less than 2 m high or if greater than 2 m by woody vegetation with multiple stems (from the base of the plant). Woodlands are dominated by trees (single stemmed woody vegetation greater than 2 m) with canopy cover < 50%.  


Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Reporting Category

Dryland Ecosystems


What ecosystem functions do shrublands/woodlands perform?


Shrublands are dominated by short, multi-stemmed vegetation.

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Table 1 below presents the relative magnitude shrublands-woodlands perform different ecosystem functions (relative to other ecosystems) in SEQ.


Table 1:The relative magnitude (to other Ecosystem Reporting Categories) shrublands - woodlands 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 shrublands-woodlands are in SEQ?

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This Ecosystem Reporting Category contains the following Regional Ecosystems: 12.3.14, 12.5.2, 12.5.5, 12.5.7, 12.5.8, 12.5.10, 12.5.11, 12.5.12, 12.7.1, 12.7.2, 12.8.16, 12.8.17, 12.8.20, 12.9-10.7, 12.9-10.8, 12.9-10.9, 12.9-10.13, 12.11.7, 12.11.8, 12.11.14, 12.11.15, 12.11.20, 12.11.22, 12.12.7, 12.12.8, 12.12.9, 12.12.14, 12.12.19, 12.12.21, 12.12.22, 12.12.23, 12.12.24, 12.12.25, 12.12.27.


What is the area and extent of shrublands-woodlands in SEQ?


An ironbark woodland in north-west of SEQ.

Links to other publications and websites

SEWQPAC - Shrublands
SEWPAC - Woodland
Knowledge on Fire Regimes
Wilson - Extent and Condition
Australia's Ecoregions

Shrublands-woodlands cover approximately 1 463 km2, 5.82% of SEQ. The map provided shows shrublands and woodlands are mostly found in the western and far northern areas of SEQ. Generally they are located on the foot hills and elevated areas. These ecosystems are scattered across the SEQ landscape with larger patches located around the upper Lockyer and upper Brisbane Valley (other large remnants are also found in the adjoining catchment of the Mary River).


What is the vulnerability of shrublands-woodlands and what are the threats to this ecosystem in SEQ?


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How do we manage shrublands-woodlands in SEQ?


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