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Table 1 Summary of general findings for different groups in the variable retention harvesting experiment in the Central Highlands of Victoria, south-eastern Australia

From: Variable retention harvesting in Victoria’s Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) forests (southeastern Australia)

Group Response Citation
Small mammals   (Lindenmayer et al. 2010)
  The response of the most common species of small mammals (the bush rat and the agile antechinus) was most marked on clearcut sites following the application of the post-harvest regeneration burn to remove logging slash and create a bed of ashes to promote the growth of a new stand. There were no differences in animal abundance between retained islands and unlogged controls. There are no island size effects on small mammals.  
Birds   (Lindenmayer et al. 2015b)
  The response of birds to retained islands was intermediate between unlogged controls and clearcut areas, with the most pronounced negative effects being in clearcut areas, particularly after the application of a regeneration fire. More complex species-specific responses occur for individual bird taxa, but most generally showing a similar pattern to that quantified for overall bird species richness. There were no island size effects on bird species richness or individual species of birds.  
Vascular plants   
  Resprouting species are significantly negatively effected by clearcutting but persist within islands of retained forest in logging coupes subject to variable retention harvesting Blair et al. unpublished data