From frontier to fragments: European impact on Australia's vegetation

R. J. Hobbs, A. J.M. Hopkins

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Four main categories of land-use can be recognised: 1) complete removal of the vegetation and disruption of ecological processes, such as occurs during urban development and mining. 2) Removal of vegetation and replacement with intensively managed systems such as agriculture or plantation forestry. 3) Utilization of existing vegetation with some consequent modification, as in pastoralism and timber harvesting in native forests. 4) Conservation with minimium deliberate modification. The imposition of these new disturbance regimes has commonly resulted in alteration of the vegetation to new metastable states, often with accompanying land degradation. Guidelines are given for rehabilitation and reconstruction of ecosystems. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-114
Number of pages22
JournalAustralian Ecosystems. Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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