Eight steps to conserve diverse understoreys in grassy woodlands

Ian Lunt, Suzanne Prober, Kevin R. Thiele

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1. Prevent further losses: so little temperate woodland remains in most regions that all remnants must be conserved and degrading processes avoided.2. Promote diverse solutions: diverse policy and management approaches are needed to capture the wide mix of woodland conditions, land tenures and management objectives.3. Protect small patches: all else being equal, bigger patches are better, but small remnants are critical, as remnants containing high-quality understoreys are typically small. 4. Adopt ecological management: many woodlands on productive soils require regular burning, crash grazing or slashing to promote plant diversity.5. Restore degraded woodlands: degraded woodlands need to be revegetated and restored to promote plant diversity, control weeds and achieve sustainable woodland landscapes. 6. Reduce soil nutrients: a continuing restoration challenge is to develop techniques to reduce elevated soil nutrient levels, as weeds out-compete native plants on disturbed and fertilised soils.7. Manage for climate change: conserve networks of diverse patches, especially interconnected, little-disturbed remnants on unfertilised soils, as these have the greatest potential to support native plants and resist exotic invasion.8. Coordinate and support individual efforts: this vision must be coordinated and supported through a national system of management networks and stewardship schemes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTemperate Woodland Conservation and Management
EditorsA Bennett D Lindenmayer, R Hobbs R Hobbs
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Pages167-173
Number of pages7
Edition20
ISBN (Print)9780643100374
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Lunt, I., Prober, S., & Thiele, K. R. (2010). Eight steps to conserve diverse understoreys in grassy woodlands. In A. B. D. Lindenmayer, & R. H. R. Hobbs (Eds.), Temperate Woodland Conservation and Management (20 ed., pp. 167-173). Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.
Lunt, Ian ; Prober, Suzanne ; Thiele, Kevin R. / Eight steps to conserve diverse understoreys in grassy woodlands. Temperate Woodland Conservation and Management. editor / A Bennett D Lindenmayer ; R Hobbs R Hobbs. 20. ed. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, 2010. pp. 167-173
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Lunt, I, Prober, S & Thiele, KR 2010, Eight steps to conserve diverse understoreys in grassy woodlands. in ABD Lindenmayer & RHR Hobbs (eds), Temperate Woodland Conservation and Management. 20 edn, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 167-173.

Eight steps to conserve diverse understoreys in grassy woodlands. / Lunt, Ian; Prober, Suzanne; Thiele, Kevin R.

Temperate Woodland Conservation and Management. ed. / A Bennett D Lindenmayer; R Hobbs R Hobbs. 20. ed. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, 2010. p. 167-173.

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