Land of Sweeping Plains
Managing and Restoring the Native Grasslands of South-eastern AustraliaEdited by:
An accessible guide to the management and restoration of native grasslands.
Native temperate grasslands are Australia’s most threatened ecosystems. Grasslands have been eliminated from across much of their former extent and continue to be threatened by urban expansion, agricultural intensification, weed invasion and the uncertain impacts of climate change. Research, however, is showing us new ways to manage grasslands, and techniques for restoration are advancing. The importance of ongoing stewardship also means it is vital to develop new strategies to encourage a broader cross-section of society to understand and appreciate native grasslands and their ecology. + Full description
Land of Sweeping Plains synthesises the scientific literature in a readily accessible manner and includes a wealth of practical experience held by policy makers, farmers, community activists and on-ground grassland managers. It aims to provide all involved in grassland management and restoration with the technical information necessary to conserve and enhance native grasslands. For readers without the responsibility of management, such as students and those interested in biodiversity conservation, it provides a detailed understanding of native grassland ecology, management challenges and solutions and, importantly, inspiration to engage with this critically endangered ecosystem.
Practical, easy to read and richly illustrated, this book brings together the grassland knowledge of experts in ethnobotany, ecology, monitoring, planning, environmental psychology, community engagement, flora and fauna management, environmental restoration, agronomy, landscape architecture and urban design.- Short description
"I couldn’t put it down… The mix of beauty, history and photos with data, evidence and science produces at once a scientific tome and an absorbing storybook."
Wendy Marriott, Growing Australian, September 2015, pp. 16-17
"This book will give pleasure to anyone who enjoys our grassy landscapes, but it will also be an essential tool for groups such as Landcare, Wildcare, or Friends of Grasslands."
Nick Goldie, Cooma-Monaro Exress, 2015
"Land of Sweeping Plains provides an important reference and timely framework for stewardship of these diminished grasslands."
Julian Bull, Landscape Architecture Australia, February 2016, pp. 70-71
"The Land of Sweeping Plains will, in itself, become an important legacy for the conservation of grasslands... This is the most thoroughly researched overview of grasslands research undertaken to date... No ecologist or interested field naturalist should be without this compendium written for a range of audiences in a non-technical and accessible style - a must-have for any library."
Louise Gilfedder, Austral Ecology, Vol 41(4), 2016, p. 10
"The book is well written and presented, and synthesises a voluminous amount of knowledge and literature in a way that is accessible to all interested in our grasslands, be they policy makers, on-ground environmental managers, farmers, students or any who simply wish to know more. I highly recommend this book to all."
Maria Gibson, Victorian Naturalist, 133(6), 2016, pp. 211-212
DetailsPaperback | April 2015 | $ 59.95
ISBN: 9781486300815 | 472 pages | 250 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs, Line Art
ePDF | April 2015
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- Practical and easy-to-read
- Comprehensive and up-to-date
- Written by experts for anyone involved in grassland restoration and management
- Case studies demonstrate real issues and solutions
- Includes grasslands in the urban context
About the Authors
Nicholas S.G. Williams and Adrian Marshall
Humans and grasslands – a social history
Beth Gott, Nicholas S.G. Williams and Mark Antos
The native temperate grasslands of south-eastern Australia
Nicholas S.G. Williams and John W. Morgan
The ecology and dynamics of temperate native grasslands in south-eastern Australia
John W. Morgan and Nicholas S.G. Williams
The wildlife of our grassy landscapes
Mark Antos and Nicholas S.G. Williams
Planning, documenting and monitoring for grassland management
Sarah Sharp, Georgia Garrard and Nathan Wong
Understanding the social context of native grasslands
Kathryn J.H. Williams
Working together – grassland management in the community
Biomass management in native grasslands
John W. Morgan
Weed management in native grasslands
Integrating grassland conservation into farming practice
Nathan Wong and Josh Dorrough
Sourcing seed for grassland restoration
John Delpratt and Paul Gibson-Roy
The restoration of native grasslands
Paul Gibson-Roy and John Delpratt
Designing and planning for urban native grassland biodiversity
The future of south-eastern Australia’s native temperate grasslands
Nicholas S.G. Williams, Adrian Marshall, John W. Morgan, John Delpratt, Paul Gibson-Roy and Nathan Wong