Land of Sweeping Plains : Managing and Restoring the Native Grasslands of South-Eastern Australia
Native temperate grasslands are Australia's most threatened ecosystems. Grasslands have been eliminated from across much of their former extent, and continue to be threatened by urban expansion, agricultural intensification, weed invasion and the uncertain impacts of climate change. Research, however, is showing us new ways to manage grasslands, and techniques for restoration are advancing. The importance of ongoing stewardship also means it is vital to develop new strategies to encourage a broader cross-section of society to understand and appreciate native grasslands and their ecology. Land of Sweeping Plains synthesises the scientific literature in a readily accessible manner and includes a wealth of practical experience held by policy makers, farmers, community activists and on-ground grassland managers. It aims to provide all involved in grassland management and restoration with the technical information necessary to conserve and enhance native grasslands.
- Paperback | 464 pages
- 210 x 250 x 30.48mm | 1,428g
- 13 May 2015
- CSIRO Publishing
- Melbourne, Australia
About Nicholas Williams
Nicholas (Nick) Williams is an urban ecologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. His PhD and other native grassland research has examined how urbanisation changes vegetation composition and distribution, the impact of slug herbivory and, more recently, restoration techniques, including attempting to recreate grassland communities on green roofs. This project is Nick's way of giving something back to the grasslands that have enriched his life.Adrian Marshall is a landscape architect, editor and writer, currently working at the University of Melbourne. As a landscape architect his focus is on matters of ecological importance. Recently, through the Victorian National Parks Association, he authored 'Start with the Grasslands', design guidelines to support native grasslands in the urban context.John Morgan is a plant ecologist interested in the long-term dynamics of Australian tussock grasslands. His scientific research focuses on seedling regeneration and plant population processes, fire regimes, the effects of exotic plant species, and how these factors all affect species co-existence. He continues to marvel at the capacity of Kangaroo Grass to dominate grasslands, and hopes his legacy will be a better understanding of the ecology that underpins successful conservation and management of grasslands.