Rehabilitation of open cut coal mines using native grasses: Management guide
These guidelines provide a brief summary of the species of Australian native grasses and their management that are recommended for rehabilitation of open cut coal mines in the Hunter Valley.
Native grasses are a diverse group of plants with a range of attributes which make them important components of vegetation in the landscape. Because of their diversity, native grasses play an important role in mine rehabilitation as components of reconstructed vegetation communities and for a range of post-mining landuses. Native grasses are environmentally friendly, contribute to overall biodiversity and can be grown in association with native trees, shrubs and forbs (small broad-leaved plants) on minesites. Some native grasses have a high forage value for livestock and can tolerate low soil fertility and drought. These attributes make them a desirable choice where land is intended for grazing after mining.
- 1 January 2003
- Department of Sustainable Natural Resources