Victorian Dry Eucalypt: Wombat (62)

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Site name: Victorian Dry Eucalypt: Wombat
Site number: 62
Point numbers: 245 (Victorian Dry Eucalypt: Wombat Dry A), 246 (Victorian Dry Eucalypt: Wombat Wet A), 247 (Victorian Dry Eucalypt: Wombat Wet B), 248 (Victorian Dry Eucalypt: Wombat Dry B)
Ecoregion: Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests
Participant and site owner: The University of Melbourne, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
Site location: Wombat State Forest, Victoria
Latitude: -37.420
Longitude: 144.100
Site description: The Victorian Dry Eucalypt: Wombat site is a TERN SuperSite located in the Wombat State Forest (near Ballarat) and managed by the University of Melbourne.

Wombat State Forest is dominated by Messmate (Eucalyptus obliqua), Broad-leaf Peppermint (Eucalyptus dives), Narrow-leaf Peppermint (Eucalyptus radiata), Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) and Candlebark (Eucalyptus rubida). Swamp Gum (Eucalyptus ovata) and Yarra Gum (Eucalyptus yarraensis) are also present.

The native fauna of Wombat State Forest consists of mammals, including the Greater Glider (Petauroides volans), reptiles, amphibians and birds. Threatened bird species such as the Great Egret, Grey Goshawk, Australian Masked Owl and Powerful Owl, are found in the area.

The on-site OzFlux eddy covariance tower monitors ecosystem fluxes of energy, water and carbon dioxide above-ground, while below-ground measurements are obtained using six fully automated Green House Gas chambers that are connected to a Fourier Transformed Infrared gas analysis system.