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.
|Title of host publication||Temperate Woodland Conservation and Management|
|Editors||A Bennett D Lindenmayer, R Hobbs R Hobbs|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
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). CSIRO Publishing.