Australia`s box - ironbark forests and woodlands : saving the fragments of a threatened ecosystem

Kelly, Max and Mercer, David 2005, Australia`s box - ironbark forests and woodlands : saving the fragments of a threatened ecosystem, Australian geographer, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 19-37, doi: 10.1080/00049180500050821.

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Title Australia`s box - ironbark forests and woodlands : saving the fragments of a threatened ecosystem
Author(s) Kelly, MaxORCID iD for Kelly, Max
Mercer, David
Journal name Australian geographer
Volume number 36
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 37
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005-03
ISSN 0004-9182
Keyword(s) box-ironbark forests
Environment Conservation Council
national parks
conservation biology
reservation ecology
Summary Australia's box-ironbark forests and woodlands once covered about 14 per cent of the State of Victoria on the riverine plains and foothills of the Great Dividing Range. But approximately 83 per cent of the total original habitat has been destroyed and what remains of this significant ecosystem is now highly fragmented and vulnerable to further degradation. Moreover, only 14 per cent of the area remaining is on public land. A 10 year campaign on the part of the environmental movement eventually succeeded in forcing the State government to conduct an independent inquiry into this ecosystem and make recommendations on future management. This paper outlines the innovative public participation process adopted by the Victorian State government and the outcomes of the inquiry. A subsequent compensation package for commercial operations disadvantaged by the proclamation of a series of new national parks is also discussed, as are the shortcomings of a process that can have little or no impact on what happens on private land.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00049180500050821
Field of Research 050209 Natural Resource Management
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis
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