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Land clearing

Queensland's recent land clearing

Queensland has a long and vexed history over native vegetation clearing. Yet, it still has substantial tracts of intact woodlands and forest, so has lots to lose.

April was a part of a group that wrote a submission encouraging the Queensland State Government to bring back stronger tree protection provisions to its Vegetation Management Act. From this, she was invited to speak at the public inquiry in 2016. These laws failed to pass, but April and her colleagues were invited to put together a paper for the journal Pacific Conservation Biology outlining the ecological consequences of the current legislation.

More information can be found on collaborator Martine Maron's website.

Relevant publications:

​Reside, A. E., Beher, J., Cosgrove, A. J., Evans, M. C., Seabrook, L., Silcock, J. L., Wenger, A. S., & Maron, M. (2017). Ecological consequences of land clearing and policy reform in Queensland. Pacific Conservation Biology, 23(3), 219-230.

Reside, A. E., Cosgrove, A. J., Silcock, J. L., Seabrook, L., & Evans, M. C. (2017). Land clearing on the rise as legal 'thinning' proves far from clear-cut. The Conversation

Seabrook, L., & Reside, A. E. (2017). Death by a Thousand Cuts. Protected: Magazine of National Parks Association of Queensland, 16, 7.

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