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Protecting natural values of the Blue Tier, Tasmania

Okubo, Hideki 2006 , 'Protecting natural values of the Blue Tier, Tasmania', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Large-scale land use for commercial forestry has placed increased pressure on
Tasmania's valuable landscapes and resulted in conflict. The Blue Tier, in the
North East Highlands, is significant for its variety of natural and cultural
resources. The Blue Tier has been an issue for some community members (and
others elsewhere in Tasmania).
This investigation was conducted as a study of the current forestry management
and natural values protection in the Blue Tier. The research focused particularly
on explaining stakeholder positions and views, including Forestry Tasmania, and
on analysis of these in order to seek ways to move forward. A key part to the
thesis was setting up a model, incorporating protected area selection criteria and
management principles, to evaluate current management and several other
proposed options. Subsequently, a range of ideas obtained from interviews was
used to further explore these matters. The data collected from all sources
reported in the thesis were integrated and analysed.
The research indicated that there is a different view in respect to ecological
integrity between some community members and scientists, on the other hand,
and Australian and Tasmanian Governments, on the other. Key issues are the
adequacy of conservation reserves defined under the Tasmanian Regional Forest
Agreement, and ecological sustainability in the forests. Overall, current forestry
management displays both strengths and weaknesses for conserving the natural
values of the Blue Tier. Progress in favour of better conservation under present
government policies can only come from the community seeking more
improvements in management from Forestry Tasmania.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Okubo, Hideki
Keywords: Forests and forestry, Land use, Nature conservation, Sustainable forestry
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Thesis (MEnvMgt)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references

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