It is important to discuss what creates the different perceptions of ‘best’ and therefore the consequences of people’s actions – in the past and today – to create our current landscapes.
What responsibilities and actions can we now take to have the ‘right’ types of trees for the future?
‘Best’ and ‘right’ are personal value words, which will be evaluated in terms of different uses of trees or the services they provide – including timber, amenity, aesthetics and wildlife habitat.
A key parameter for the retention and rehabilitation of trees is an accurate measure of their true value so that governments, planners and developers can be held accountable.
Prior to graduating with a BSc Hons and MSc, Brian assisted with research projects on seagulls, seals and termites. His Honours Degree focussed on the Social Behaviour of the Endemic Pearson Island Rock Wallaby, located in the Great Australian Bight.
Whilst employed by the South Australian Government’s forestry organisation, Brian completed his Masters Degree on a comparison of bird populations between different aged pine plantations and native forests in the Mount Lofty Ranges, SA.
Over a 30 year working career, he conducted research projects examining the effects of erosion, recreational impacts, the use of fire as part of habitat management. Particular research regarding the significance of retaining and managing sustainable cohorts of hollow-bearing trees for fauna, remains an ongoing interest.