Where is the Brigalow Belt?

Where is the Brigalow Belt?

The Brigalow Belt South bioregion is in northern NSW and southern Queensland, extending from south of Dubbo in central-western NSW to the mid-Queensland coast.

Is the Brigalow Belt a bioregion?

The North and South Brigalow Belt are two of the 85 bioregions across Australia and the 15 bioregions in Queensland. Together they form most of the Brigalow tropical savanna ecoregion.

What is brigalow scrub?

Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) is a slow growing, long-lived tree, which historically grew in dense stands across the drier parts of Central Queensland extending into South East Queensland (SEQ). Brigalow, dry rainforests and vine-thickets are commonly referred to as “Softwood Scrubs”.

What is a brigalow tree?

Comments: A small to medium sized tree yielding a dense, moderately fine grained hardwood. Brigalow trees are most closely related to the smaller gidgee (Acacia cambagei)—though the latter’s wood is slightly more dense.

How do you spell brigalow?

Brigalow is the name given to woodlands and open forests dominated by the brigalow tree (Acacia harpophylla). So ‘brigalow’ is both the name of a plant, and a vegetation type.

Where does brigalow grow?

Brigalow-Gidgee woodland/shrubland occurs primarily in the area north of Bourke between the Culgoa and Warrego rivers (see map). It has been recorded in parts of the Bourke and Brewarrina Local Government Areas but may occur elsewhere in the Mulga Lands and Darling Riverine Plains bioregions.

Are gidgee trees protected?

As a listed EEC under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, Brigalow-Gidgee woodland/shrubland has significant conservation value and some activities may require consent or approval.

Is gidgee a good firewood?

Gidgee is classified as the 3rd hardest wood in the world, according to The Wood Data Base. Janka hardness test measures the hardness of wood and rates this timer at 19. Ironbark rates at 14 and weighs 700kg per cubic metre. Janka Hardness Test Rankings.

Where does gidgee grow?

Acacia cambagei, commonly known as gidgee, stinking wattle, stinking gidgee in English, or gidjiirr, by transliteration from indigenous languages of north-western NSW, is an endemic tree of Australia.

What is the best firewood in Australia?

In Western Australia, Jarrah and Wandoo are considered the best. In Tasmania, Brown Peppermint is considered best. In South Australia, Victoria and Southern NSW it is generally River Red Gum. In Queensland, Ironbark and Box are preferred.

What does gidgee tree smell like?

The leaves, bark, and litter of A. cambagei produce a characteristic odour, vaguely reminiscent of boiled cabbage, gas or sewerage that accounts for the common name of “stinking gidgee”.

What are the Brigalow Belt bioregions?

The Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA) divides the Brigalow Belt into two IBRA regions, or bioregions, Brigalow Belt North (BBN) and Brigalow Belt South (BBS). The North and South Brigalow Belt are two of the 85 bioregions across Australia and the 15 bioregions in Queensland.

What is the difference between the northern and Southern Brigalow Belt?

The Northern Brigalow Belt includes the coal producing Bowen Basin with the nearby Drummond Basin and the fertile Peak Downs areas while the southern belt runs into the huge Great Artesian Basin with the sandstone gorges of the Carnarvon Range of the Great Dividing Range separating the two areas.

What has happened to the Brigalow Belt?

This result is expected given the significant and disproportionate rates of clearing that has occurred in the Brigalow Belt, especially in the lowlands areas and which has resulted in the reduced extent of many ecological communities (e.g. brigalow and tussock grassland).

What happened to the Brigalow National Park?

However most of the brigalow has been cleared to make agricultural land and eucalypt woodlands of silver-leaved and narrow-leaved ironbarks, poplar box and other boxes, blackbutt and coolibah are now intact primarily on the higher slopes.