People, Sheep and Nature Conservation

eBook - May 2007 - eRetailers Google Books Kobo

Focuses on the interactions between people, sheep and nature in the run country of Tasmania.

With almost half a million people and more than six times as many sheep, Tasmania has a rich history of wool production. In the drier parts of the island, graziers raise sheep partly using the native vegetation on their extensive runs. + Full description

People, Sheep and Nature Conservation explores this use of the run country and the interaction of graziers, sheep and nature. Other topics covered include how graziers manage the runs for profit, how they feel about nature and manage their properties for conservation, how sheep interact with native animals and plants on the runs, and the implications of the ongoing loss of run country to clearance and inundation.

In an unusual combination of history, geography, social science, ecological science and policy analysis, this entertaining and well-illustrated book uses the vivid words of the graziers, historical sources and the results of contemporary research to provide some insight into these issues.

Although a Tasmanian story, it will resonate more widely, as the integration of production and nature conservation within complex societies, cultures and economies is an outcome desired on a global scale.

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"I enjoyed reading this book, particularly for its multi-faceted approach to understanding the issues and different perspectives on nature conservation on private land, an important issue in environmental geography and for the future of Australia's Flora and fauna."
Associate Professor Andrew Bennett, Geographical Education, Volume 20, 2007


ePDF | May 2007
ISBN: 9780643094666
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | May 2007
ISBN: 9780643099418
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  • Written by Jamie Kirkpatrick, an internationally respected geographer and conservation ecologist
  • Breaks new ground in understanding the complexities and opportunities of conservation on private land used for wool growing in Tasmania
  • Integrates qualitative and quantitative social research with scientific investigation
  • Written in readable and stimulating style making use of the words and perspectives of the graziers who form one part of the people-sheep-nature triangle
  • Well-illustrated, including a fascinating series of repeat images of scenes of runs