The Warra Long-term Ecological Research Site is a focal point for the study of the ecology and management of tall Eucalyptus forests on the Australian island of Tasmania.
These are some of the most significant forest sites on Earth:
- One of the most productive natural forests on the planet
- At the far end of Australia’s temperature gradients for forests
- It contains the tallest and largest flowering forests on Earth
- A forest type that has occupied this landscape for 50,000 years
- Home to relict Southern Hemisphere rainforest plants, Tasmanian devils, platypus, echidna, cockatoos, wallabies, and many other species
Situated in the far south of Tasmania at -43 degrees South latitude, it contains alpine terrain, wild rivers, and some of the very largest, tallest, and most productive of Earth’s forests. Several research projects are currently active across a range of scales and disciplines.
Warra Tall Eucalypt site was established as a Long-term Ecological Research site in 1998, and is one of Australia’s most scientifically productive. It is a hub for intensive, multi-disciplinary research to understand the fundamental ecological processes in Eucalyptus obliqua forests and the long-term effects that management has on those processes in contrast with natural disturbance.