Tag Archives: fire

Alpine Grazing Update

My blog has been a little quiet lately. But I’ve written a few things elsewhere. The latest is an update on the issue of cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park. You can read that over at The Conversation – … Continue reading

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Biodiversity management and unplanned fires

Edit: Missed my seminar? You can listen to a recording with a copy of the slides: http://unimelb.adobeconnect.com/p913xeq1mjx/ I’m doing a seminar today at Creswick on fire and biodiversity (9:30 a.m., Melbourne time). My talk will discuss unplanned fires, how their … Continue reading

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Effects of timber harvesting on water yield from mountain ash forests

The effect of timber harvesting on water yield from mountain ash forest has been studied for decades. It is topical because mountain ash forests supply a large amount of water to Melbourne, a city of more than 4 million people. … Continue reading

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Planning for unplanned fires, and the response of biodiversity

There is a report in today’s Age about the decline of Leadbeater’s possum in the face of fires and timber harvesting. Professor David Lindenmayer of the Australian National University notes that the situation is dire, and that timber harvesting should … Continue reading

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Friday at #ESA2012 – last day!

It’s the last day of ESA 2012! The first talk for my day was by Sarah Mincey, investigating social factors that influence tree species diversity and basal area in Bloomington, Indiana. Species diversity increased with the diversity of the distribution … Continue reading

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Monday at #ESA2012 – a ripper

Now that was a great opening day of the ESA conference in Portland! OK, yesterday was the official opening, and I liked Jane Lubchenco’s talk, but this was the first full day. And it was perhaps the best conference day … Continue reading

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Building resilient ecosystems

Andrew Bennett and Dale Nimmo are hosting a forum on resilience at Deakin University on 12th April. The flyer for the event is here. Registration is essential if you wish to attend (see the flyer). The forum is titled “Building … Continue reading

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Herald Sun article on cattle grazing in the alps

There is an article by Grant McArthur in the Herald Sun about grazing in the alps titled: “High country ‘research’ a load of bull”. It begins: “A SUPPOSEDLY scientific study into grazing in Victoria’s high country has been exposed as … Continue reading

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EPBC Act referral of cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park

At the risk of over-emphasising the issue of cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park, I’ve compiled some comments about the recent referral under the EPBC Act of Victoria’s so-called grazing trial (some other relevant pieces are here and here). … Continue reading

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(Un)certainty of timber production

There is a new plan to provide longer term contracts for supplying timber from public native forests in Victoria. Part of this seems to involve moving responsibility for timber management from the Environment Minister to the Agriculture Minister. Some environment … Continue reading

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