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The Consequences for Wilderness Conservation in the Development of the National Park System in Tasmania, Australia

Citation

Mendel, L, The Consequences for Wilderness Conservation in the Development of the National Park System in Tasmania, Australia, Australian Geographical Studies, 40, (1) pp. 71-82. ISSN 0004-9190 (2002) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

Statewide extents of wilderness are mapped and calculated for four historic time-slices that reflect major periods of national park development in Tasmania. The representation of wilderness in the Tasmanian reserve system is calculated for 1937, 1970 and 1992. National parks were established in wilderness areas during all major periods of reserve development. While the total core wilderness area in Tasmania decreased by 63% between 1916 and 1992, the core wilderness area captured in the reserve system increased by 618%, with the largest increase being in the post-1970 period. However, those parks established prior to 1970 suffered an enormous attrition of their wilderness resource. This reflects management policies inconsistent with the maintenance of wilderness during early periods of national park development. The huge increase in wilderness area captured in the reserve system after 1970 suggests that wilderness conservation only became a significant motive behind the expansion of the reserve system in the later decades of the twentieth century.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas
Objective Field:Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Environments
Author:Mendel, L (Dr Louise Mendel)
ID Code:23829
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-05-19
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