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Research Programme One: Managing and Monitoring for Growth and Health
Issue one - November 2008 e-newsletter
Uptake - understanding water benefits from forest management

Welcome to Uptake

Don White

Welcome to the first issue of Uptake: an e-newsletter about forest management, water quantity and quality research in the CRC for Forestry.

In this article, Don White, leader of Research Project 4.1 'Water quantity and quality', explains what Uptake is all about ...

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Meet some of our research fellows and students

Hugh Smith

In this article, meet

Hugh Smith, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, whose work includes measuring and modelling post-fire erosion processes within forest catchments ... Jane Cawson

Jane Cawson (right), a PhD student investigating the effects of prescribed fire on water quality ...

and ...

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Sandra Hawthorne (left), who is investigating the long-term impact of forest thinning on water yield in her PhD studies at the University of Melbourne ...

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Forest management and water quality - brief update from the Melbourne team

erosion measurement plots at Longcorner CreekAt the University of Melbourne, Pat Lane and the team have been working hard on field work and data analysis on a number of fronts. They have promised to provide some detailed results in our next issue of Uptake on the effects of prescribed fire and thinning on water outcomes, but here is a brief update on recent activity and progress so far ...

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Plantation management in riparian zones

transect of bufferResearch to determine the effects on water quality of plantation establishment in a stream-side buffer will offer regulators and NRM managers better information about the environmental costs and benefits of this practice. Since August this year, the operations associated with a new plantation in a stream-side buffer in one of a pair of catchments at Willow Bend Farm (near Cygnet, Tasmania) have not increased turbidity ...

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Update from WA on trees and saline groundwater systems

Clive Hampton and Alex Winter measuring hydraulic pressureIn this article, Stuart Crombie (a CRC Research Fellow based in the Forest Products Commission of WA) gives an update on research investigating uptake by trees of water from saline groundwater systems that have risen since land clearing. These water tables are now discharging to the surface in large areas of valleys and other low-lying areas where they cause salinity ... 

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Towards water-use-efficient plantations

uptake-image-young-blues-thumb-sqThe growth of well-managed plantations in southern Australia is largely determined by available water. The National Water Initiative compels state water planners to account for water use by new plantations. For plantation managers and water planners alike, it is crucial that we develop strategies for improving the water use efficiency of our wood production systems.

Across the CRC for Forestry we are tackling this issue on a number of fronts:

  • Quantifying the effect of plantation management on the amount of water needed to produce a m3 of wood.
  • Asking whether increases in growth rate due to genetic improvement, are due to chages in water use effciency or faster water uptake.
  • Developing catchment scale models of plantation water use efficiency.         [ read more]

Contact

If you have any observations, comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact the Uptake editor, Dr Don White, directly. We hope you enjoyed this first issue of Uptake.