Rainforest Reforestation and Biodiversity Benefits: A Case Study from the Australian Wet Tropics

Harrison, Robert, Wardell-Johnson, Grant and McAlpine, Clive (2003) Rainforest Reforestation and Biodiversity Benefits: A Case Study from the Australian Wet Tropics. Annals of Tropical Research, 25 2: 65-76.

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Author Harrison, Robert
Wardell-Johnson, Grant
McAlpine, Clive
Title Rainforest Reforestation and Biodiversity Benefits: A Case Study from the Australian Wet Tropics
Journal name Annals of Tropical Research
ISSN 0116-1710
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 65
End page 76
Total pages 12
Editor Steve R. Harrison
Eduardo O. Mangaoang
John L. Herbohn
Paciencia P. Milan
Victor B. Asio
Jungho Suh
Place of publication Leyte, Philippines
Publisher Leyte State University Philippines
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject 300602 Tree Improvement (Selection, Breeding and Genetic Engineering)
300606 Agroforestry
300600 Forestry Sciences
300604 Management and Environment
300500 Veterinary Sciences
Abstract This paper examines the effectiveness of a rainforest reforestation program (the Community Rainforest Reforestation Program in north-eastern Queensland, Australia) in providing amenity and biodiversity benefits. This program involved small areas of mainly mixed native timber species on private farmland. Government support was provided for the program, for both timber production and environmental reasons. Survey results reveal that landholders have planted trees, and intend to manage plantations, for diverse reasons, including conservation purposes. The plantings appear to be of environmental value, forming wildlife corridors and buffer areas. In this respect, the CRRP has achieved a limited success in meeting the implicit goal of biological conservation.
Keyword biodiversity restoration
fragmented vegetation
community reforestation
landholder survey
wildlife population changes
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