The Great Western Woodlands: a biological wonderland, a poem, a movement

I’m pleased to share that I have had one of my poems used as the voiceover for the Wilderness Society’s Great Western Woodlands campaign that they launched last month. The poem is called Biological Cornucopia and is one of a suite of  poems that I wrote about the enigmatic ecological impacts of mining and associated linear infrastructure development in the Great Western Woodlands, the subject of the PhD that I completed last year.

My PhD was focused on the conservation of large, relatively intact landscapes in the face of widespread development such as resource extraction: a challenge of global conservation significance. In particular, ‘enigmatic’ ecological impacts that commonly evade consideration in conservation strategies invariably pervade such landscapes. Keren investigated the significance and ecological implications of linear infrastructure (e.g. roads, tracks and railways) largely associated with mining activity in the largest and most intact remaining temperate woodland on earth. Keren discovered significant effects on attributes of key ecosystem processes, including predator activity and water movement and recommends ways in which these impacts could be ameliorated.

Great cudos to Amy Matheson for excellent editing, and to the amazong team at the Wilderness Society for their great work on the campaign.

If you’re inspired to experience the Great Western Woodlands, consider joining the inaugural Jungka Jungka Woodlands Festival to be held in Norseman in April.

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