An overview of the ecology, management and conservation of Australia's temperate woodlands

Lindenmayer, David, Bennett, Andrew F. and Hobbs, Richard 2010, An overview of the ecology, management and conservation of Australia's temperate woodlands, Ecological management & restoration, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 201-209, doi: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2010.00550.x.

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Title An overview of the ecology, management and conservation of Australia's temperate woodlands
Author(s) Lindenmayer, David
Bennett, Andrew F.
Hobbs, Richard
Journal name Ecological management & restoration
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 201
End page 209
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 1442-7001
Keyword(s) landscape pattern and ecological process
off-reserve conservation
spatial scale
temperate woodland
woodland restoration
Summary Australia’s temperate woodlands are environments of cultural and ecological importance and significant repositories of Australia’s biodiversity. Despite this, they have been heavily cleared, much remaining vegetation is in poor condition and many species of plants and animals are threatened. Here, we provide a brief overview of key issues relating to the ecology, management and policy directions for temperate woodlands, by identifying and discussing ten themes. When addressing issues relating to the conservation and management of temperate woodlands, spatial scale is very important, as are the needs for a temporal perspective and a complementary understanding of pattern and process. The extent of landscape change in many woodland environments means that woodland patches, linear networks and paddock trees are critical elements, and that there can be pervasive effects from ‘problem’ native species such as the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala). These consequences of landscape change highlight the challenge to undertake active management and restoration as well as effective monitoring and long-term data collection. In developing approaches for conservation and management of temperate woodlands, it is essential to move our thinking beyond reserves to woodland conservation and management on private land, and recognise the criticality of cross-disciplinary linkages. We conclude by identifying some emerging issues in woodland conservation and management. These include the need to further develop non-traditional approaches to conservation particularly off-reserve management; the value of documenting approaches and programmes that demonstrably lead to effective change; new lessons that can be learned from intact examples of temperate woodlands; and the need to recognise how climate change and human population growth will interact with conservation and management of temperate woodlands in future decades
Notes Article first published online 29 NOV 2010
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2010.00550.x
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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