ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

River red gum floristics and vegetation monitoring (2020-2021)


NSW DPIE, $225,046


Associate Professor Peter Spooner

Research theme

Biodiversity Conservation


This project continues the annual ecological monitoring program for the NSW Department of Planning,Industry and Environment’s tree thinning experiment in the Murray Valley National Park for which it is hypothesised that reduced densities of river red gums will prevent further declines in the condition of the red gum canopy.

ILWS researchers have been providing significant support to this research program and have conducted annual floristic and vegetation surveys for NSW DPIE since 2015 (total of five surveys so far.)

Field work for this season commenced in October 2020.


The floristic and vegetation surveys are providing important field data/evidence for the ecological thinning trial, the results of which will advise and inform future management actions in the park.


Peter Spooner email

Port Macquarie

December 2020