Impact of Bushfires on Koalas

Study to determine the impact of bushfire and clearing on koalas. Initial focus of the project was to map movement patterns and home ranges of Port Stephens koala populations as they recolonised after bushfires, followed by the study of the koalas use of burnt and unburnt bush, the selection of vegetation types and their ability to recolonise after bushfires.
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Habitats for Koalas in the Otways

The Great Otway National Park and surrounding private land is a region of high biodiversity and tourism value, especially for the high densities of koala populations. However, over-browsing by koalas has contributed to a marked decline in tree condition, particularly Eucalyptus viminalis (manna gum). This project aims to provide information on koala habitat use, tree species selection and koala movements between habitats in the Otways.
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The Great Koala Count

By finding out where Koalas are present and where they are absent, the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) will be running the NSW Great Koala Count in 2013 to determine how the Koala is using the landscape and determine the threats to these koala populations around NSW.
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