Reduced canopy cover
Canopy cover refers to vegetation that grows taller than ground cover, i.e. tree branches and leaves, that provides cover to the area of ground that lies directly beneath the plant’s foliage. The condition of the canopy cover has implications for flora and fauna habitat, ecological processes and soil condition.
Suggested indicators: Tree canopy cover & health+, Shrub cover+
Reduced canopy cover may lead to:
|Potential associated impacts||Suggested indicators+|
|Changed vegetation condition and composition due to change in sunlight and soil conditions|
|Change in animal species compostion||
|Reduced quality and quantity of soil organic matter||
+ Descriptions of indicators (PDF, 76K)* provides a brief description of each indicator including techniques and purpose.
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Last updated 7 September 2010