Skip to Main Content
Action toward wilderness protection in AustraliaAuthor(s): Keith Muir
Source: In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 232-238
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
PDF: View PDF (225 B)
DescriptionIn 1992, a National Forest Policy Statement created a political opportunity to protect wilderness across Australia. The following decade saw over a million hectares of wilderness reserved in the state of New South Wales (NSW) but, until recently, little progress was made elsewhere in Australia. The success in NSW, as opposed to other states, can largely be attributed to the activism of the NSW environment movement and its different relationship with both the political and executive arms of government. This relationship is structured through the NSW Wilderness Act, 1987, which was the first Australian statute to allow the community to formally nominate wilderness areas. Such community-based proposals can advocate the suitability of areas to be managed as wilderness by consideration of particular wilderness values and social and economic factors, as well as provide suggestions for management.
- You may send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationMuir, Keith. 2007. Action toward wilderness protection in Australia. In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 232-238
Keywordswilderness, biodiversity, protected areas, economics, subsistence, tourism, traditional knowledge, community involvement, policy, stewardship, education, spiritual values
- Wilderness in Australia: what's happening in a world context
- Origin of political conflict in Arctic wilderness areas
- Designating wilderness areas: A framework for examining lessons from the States
XML: View XML