Begun in March 2007 and funded by the Australian Research Council, this project is examining the long-term future of biodiversity by projecting tree cover and associated fauna under alternative management regimes. This component will highlight the hitherto under-recognised threat of tree regeneration failure, and will identify avenues to address this threat. It provides the biophysical basis for recommending management regimes and new policy initiatives.
Results from the project have been published in the prestigious American journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The work suggests that solutions exist to the collapse of paddock tree populations threatened under conventional grazing. In fact, low input, perennial-based rotational grazing approaches may be as friendly to seedling establishment as not grazing at all. This paper received heavy media coverage in June 2009.