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Restoring the canopy health of native urban bushland and parkland trees

Barber, P.A. and Hardy, G.E.St.J. (2012) Restoring the canopy health of native urban bushland and parkland trees. Australasian Plant Conservation, 21 (1). pp. 23-24.

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The population of Western Australia's capital city, Perth, is rapidly expanding and will continue to do so over the coming decade. In comparison to capital cities of the eastern states, the density of people per square kilometre is low. These trends are often portrayed in the media and the business sector as good, however, what does this all mean for native trees in urban bushland and parklands? The canopy cover of this native vegetation has dramatically reduced over recent years largely as a result of property development, and what remains has become increasingly fragmented and is in a very poor state of health, due to a range of factors. Urban bushland restoration is traditionally viewed in the context of weed control, and revegetation, but what about the restoration of the health of the existing canopy tree species? This article briefly discusses the causes of decline of these species, the importance of restoring their canopy health, and novel methods that have been applied to do so.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre of Excellence for Climate Change and Forest and Woodland Health
School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc.
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