Is the removal of domestic stock sufficient to restore semi-arid conservation areas?

Page, Manda J. and Beeton, R. J. S. (2000) Is the removal of domestic stock sufficient to restore semi-arid conservation areas?. Pacific Conservation Biology, 6 3: 245-253.


Author Page, Manda J.
Beeton, R. J. S.
Title Is the removal of domestic stock sufficient to restore semi-arid conservation areas?
Journal name Pacific Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-2097
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 245
End page 253
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chipping Norton, NSW, Australia
Publisher Surry Beatty and Son
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
770906 Remnant vegetation and protected conservation areas
270708 Conservation and Biodiversity
Formatted abstract
Increasingly, conservation areas are proclaimed in non-pristine environments that have biodiversity values and the issue of how to change the management regime to restore such landscapes arises. Before gazettal in 1992, Currawinya National Park (28 52°5, 144 30°E) in south-west Queensland's mulga lands was grazed by domestic stock for over 130 years. Following gazettal, the area was destocked and a monitoring programme initiated to determine the response by the vegetation. This paper describes the grass dynamics in three vegetation communities on Currawinya National Park with three different grazing regimes. Data are presented for an on-park site (native and feral herbivores present), an off-park site (domestic, native and feral herbivores were present), and an exclosure (no mammalian herbivores present). The results show that removal of domestic livestock alone is not sufficient to promote rapid recovery of grass populations, and suggest that conservation area managers must reduce native herbivore numbers as well if the desired outcome is a return to the supposed 'natural' condition.
Keyword Conservation area management
Grazing
Restoration
Mulga land vegetation dynamics.
Q-Index Code C1

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