Land of Sweeping Plains

Land of Sweeping Plains

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Edited by Nicholas S.G Williams, Adrian Marshall and John W. Morgan
448 pages
21cm x 26cm

Native temperate grasslands are AustraliaIs 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.

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

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.

'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

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