Ecosystem Collapse in the Victorian Central Highlands

Mon, 27 Jul 2020

Almost all of the loggable ash forest in the Victorian Central Highlands has already been cut or burnt or both. Professor David Lindenmayer of the Australian National University discusses how this finite resource has been almost entirely consumed, with the timber industry in the region in the last stages of ecosystem collapse. One of the reasons we are seeing this collapse is that managers of this resource failed to take into account losses through fire, in a fire-dependent forest.

This Threatened Species Recovery Hub project is a collaboration between the Australian National University, Parks Victoria, the Victorian Government Department of Land, Water and Planning and WildMob, and is supported by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program.