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  21 Feb 2008 RETURN OF THE OLD GROWTH FORESTS

After centuries of contraction, old growth forests are on the increase again in some countries round the world.

The keys to the resurgence of some of the best–loved and most venerable forests are a strong economy and an increasing skill at managing them for "old growth" characteristics as well as for timber production, Professor Juergen Bauhus of Freiburg University will tell the Old Forests New Management conference in Hobart today.

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  20 Feb 2008 NEW WAYS TO SUSTAIN OLD FORESTS

Researchers in Australia and around the world are making progress in understanding old growth forests – but ultimately it’s up to the public and managers to decide how much to protect and how to conserve it.

That’s the view of Dr Tom Spies of the US Forest Service, a scientist long familiar with old growth forests and the public debate surrounding them in Australia and the United States.

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  19 Feb 2008 VICTORIA’S FORESTS ‘AT RISK’

The forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands could be in trouble under global warming - unless human intervention can help them to keep their cool.

Forests trying to scramble higher up the mountain in order to avoid heat and drought in the lowlands could run out of land on which to grow, a University of Melbourne scientist told the Old Forests, New Management Conference in Hobart today.

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  18 Feb 2008 OLD FORESTS AND THE GROWING FIRE RISK


Tall eucalypt forests require periodic burning to regenerate, so fire management and forest management have always been inextricably linked. However, climate change and the growing risk of fire in highly-flammable forest landscapes are likely to throw a spanner in the current national forests debate for both loggers and conservationists.

The warning was sounded by Professor David Bowman of the University of Tasmania, at the Old Forests, New Management Conference in Hobart today.

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  17 Feb 2008 HOT FUTURE FOR OLD FORESTS

Handling the increased risk of catastrophic wildfires is one of the key issues to be addressed by leading international forest scientists gathering at the Old Forests, New Management conference in Hobart starting today.

"Climate change is a big issue," says CRC for Forestry CEO Professor Gordon Duff. "We’re clearly heading into a period where our current approach to forest management is going to be severely challenged in many ways, but particularly by fires.

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  17 Feb 2008 FORESTS ON THE MARCH

A leading international forest scientist today warned the wholesale relocation of the world’s temperate forest tree species may take place under climate change.

However today’s trees may have to migrate a lot faster that the 100 metres a year which some forests achieved naturally as the earth’s climate warmed towards the end of the last Ice Age - if they are to keep up with currently changing conditions, says Professor Sally Aitken of the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics.

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  10 Feb 2008 WORLD FOREST EXPERTS GATHER

Leading international forest scientists will gather in Hobart from 17-21 February to discuss the future of the world’s old forests. The Old Forests, New Management conference is the first of the Sir Mark Oliphant Conferences on the frontiers of science and technology for 2008.

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  17 Jan 2008 The world’s temperate forests may have to migrate to higher latitudes and altitudes as the global climate warms up. The issue of whether human intervention will be necessary to help forests cope with climate change and increased fire risk will be addressed when some of the world’s leading forest scientists gather at a conference in Hobart from 17-21 February to discuss the future of the world’s old forests.

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  05 Sep 2007 The "Old Forests, New Management" Conference, a major international science conference to be held in Hobart in February 2008, was announced today in Hobart as part of the Sir Mark Oliphant Conferences series.

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