Australian Native Woodland Reserve
The Australian Native Woodland Reserve (ANWaR) was established on USQ's Toowoomba campus in 1999 as an on-campus native plant reserve developed for education, research and conservation within the eastern Darling Downs region of southern Queensland.
In March 1999, USQ's Australian Native Woodland Reserve (ANWaR) was established following construction of the Phoenix Building (Q-Block) on its Toowoomba campus. In February 2001, the reserve was extended following the completion of major alterations to T-Block. The Reserve now occupies an area of 0.7 hectares (7,137m2). The photo gallery provides a chronology of photographs of the ANWaR, showing the development of the Reserve and vegetation changes since establishment in March 1999.
Very little remained of the original vegetation on the site and the Reserve represents an on-going re-vegetation project comprising of selected vegetation types occurring in the region. Through the Reserve, USQ re-asserts its commitment as an environmentally-aware institution.
Essentially the Reserve consists of representative stands of three types of native woodlands found in the southern inland Queensland region:
Darling Downs Mountain Coolibah Open Woodland;
Red Gum-Ironbark Open Woodland; and
Dry Stringybark Woodland.
In addition, a sclerophyll heath vegetation, typical of sandstone soils, comprises a fourth type in the extended area.
The Reserve was planted and is maintained by Dr John Dearnaley, Dr Andy Le Brocque and Mr Vic Schultz of the Faculty of Sciences, with assistance being provided by USQ's Buildings and Facilities.
The reserve is available for use for educational purposes by schools, tertiary institutions and other organisations. To access the site or to obtain further information please contact Dr John Dearnaley or Dr Andy Le Brocque.