Active revegetation involves the introduction and re-establishment of vegetation at a site using one or more methods. These can include planting of advanced tubestock germinated in nurseries, transplants obtained from within or external to the rehabilitation site, direct seeding or hydromulching. Active revegetation is most appropriate for sites where native vegetation has been removed and is not naturally recruiting, for sites where there is a need to establish vegetation cover as quickly as possible to avoid soil erosion risks, or sites where implementation of engineered solutions have disturbed vegetation.
Active revegetation can be used to support assisted natural regeneration by establishing pioneer species or founder populations for the natural regeneration processes. It is also used to revegetate the more disturbed areas of a site where assisted regeneration is not viable.
Active revegetation is most commonly conducted for terrestrial plant species or emergent aquatic macrophytes in the riparian zone adjoining stream channels or on exposed areas of the riverbed within the channel.
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Potential negative implication from this intervention:
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Last updated: 22 June 2022
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2022) Active revegetation, WetlandInfo website, accessed 1 February 2023. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/rehabilitation/rehab-process/step-4/intervention-options/active-revegetation-mod.html