Conservation management of historic road reserves in Australia

Road reserves have a rich history of human impacts, and are important social, economic and ecological component of agricultural landscapes in Australia. Many local government authorities have now completed an assessment of the conservation values of road reserves in their municipality. Each roadside has been surveyed using a rapid bio-assessment methodology, and given a conservation ranking. These rankings are then used to determine appropriate management actions for each road category, as described in local roadside management plans. However as local government authorities have few funds for conservation management of roadsides, resources are often directed towards the maintenance of the better high conservation roads. Recent research has shown that in many cases, roadside conservation values are a direct legacy of 19th century land policies, and decisions by administrators and surveyors, whose imprint remains on the landscape today. Each road has a unique story to tell, and as such, many high conservation roads with important natural and heritage values could be considered as 'historic roads'. Understanding the development history of roads can provide an important tool to gain new awareness of their cultural and environmental values, and facilitate greater community investment in their ongoing management.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 203-10
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET 2007)

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  • Accession Number: 01384911
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0977809420
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 6:22PM