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Measuring the biodiversity values of a small-scale farm forestry enterprise in northern Tasmania

Unwin, GL, Lord, J and Lyons, A 2008 , 'Measuring the biodiversity values of a small-scale farm forestry enterprise in northern Tasmania', in T Lefroy and K Bailey and G Unwin and T Norton (eds.), Biodiversity: Integrating Conservation and Production , CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, VIC, pp. 225-234.

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In June 2007, twenty years after the Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced the Decade of Landcare, 250 farmers, foresters and fishers from all states met in Launceston as guests of the community group Tamar Natural Resource Management to reflect on the question, “Is it possible to be good environmental managers and prosper in our businesses?” This book contains seventeen of their stories.This chapter is about achieving biodiversity protection and production in a private forest
managed for wood production. John and Diana Lord and their three children have
managed a property in the foothills of northern Tasmania since the 1980s (Figure 21.1).
The property is in two adjoining parts. ‘Springmount’, purchased in 1985, consisted mostly of
derelict farmland and heavily cut-over native eucalypt forest. ‘The Springs’, purchased in 1990,
supported an expanse of young even-aged native forest of Eucalyptus obliqua regrown after the
previous owner’s clearfelling for woodchipping.

Australia’s experiment in community-based environmental repair is unique in the world, and there has been no shortage of analysis by bureaucrats, academics and environmentalists. This collection of case studies gives us the view from ground level. As well as tales of environmental hope, there are also messages about the limits of duty of care, the need to share the costs of achieving society’s expectations, and the possibility of learning from unlikely places.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Unwin, GL and Lord, J and Lyons, A
Keywords: biodiversity, wood production, farm forestry, Tasmania
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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