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Ecological, social and economic filters, hurdles for restoration and planning for the unknown

Ruthrof, K.X., Buizer, M. and Valentine, L. (2010) Ecological, social and economic filters, hurdles for restoration and planning for the unknown. In: 8th National Conference of the Australasian Network for Plant Conservation, 28 September - 1 October, Perth, Western Australia.


Since European settlement, public lands - for example, National Parks - have been degraded by various anthropogenic disturbances which have resulted in significant changes to the ecosystem structure and function. This large-scale degradation has lead to a growing desire to develop techniques to restore these lands. Given the enormous and challenging task of undertaking restoration, we wanted to highlight the various challenges that are encountered when undertaking restoration on public lands, using the Ludlow Tuart Forest National Park as a case study. Restoration activities within the Ludlow Tuart Forest are now in the fourth year. The first year began with small scale restoration trials and has now expanded to 10-20 ha per annum with simultaneous restoration research embedded to drive the following year of restoration activities. Restoration on public lands faces enormous challenges. Many of these can be explained through ecological, social and economic filters. However, one of the most interesting and surprising hurdles encountered is the lack of involvement of the public in the on-ground restoration of public lands. This is a particularly challenging hurdle that needs to be overcome in order to undertake larger scale restoration on public lands. Awareness of these various filters and hurdles can assist with longer term planning of the restoration process. Sharing some of the economic, social and ecological filters and hurdles that we encountered will assist other managers and researchers looking at planning larger-scale restoration of degraded public lands.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre of Excellence for Climate Change and Forest and Woodland Health
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