Old forests
- what are they?



Provisional Program
Provisional Poster List
Social Functions
Publications for Papers
Conference Themes
Post-Conference Tours

Hobart, Tasmania
 Tourism Links
Committee Zone
Management Login

Advise broken links


Conference Program & PowerPoint Slides

The program from the conference is listed below. We have hyperlinked the slides presented at the conference, where the presenter has given approval. Click on the presentation title to open a PDF file of the slides. Note, some files are up to 3.5MB.

Abstracts can be quoted from the conference program, published at the time of the conference. Click here for a PDF version. Please contact the author if you wish to quote from any slides.

A selection of audio files of plenary presentations are available.


Sunday 17 February 2008

1700 - 1800

Welcome Drink
Bond Store, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

1800 - 1930

Hosting of The National Interest radio program on Old Forests to be recorded by Radio National
Bond Store, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery



Monday 18 February 2008


Welcome to Country by Leonie Dickson


Official Opening by The Governor of Tasmania, His Excellency, the Honourable William Cox, AC RFD ED


Conference Introduction - Representative of Australian Commonwealth Government
Tony Bartlett, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry


Conference Introduction - Representative of Tasmanian State Government
Hon Steven Kons, Tasmanian State Minister for Resources


Conference Introduction - Representative of Australian Academies
Professor James Reid, University of Tasmania


Conference Overview
Prof Gordon Duff, Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry


Opening Plenary Address
Chair: Dr Steve Read
What about old-growth and other natural forests in the 21st century?
Prof Jerry F Franklin


Morning Tea


Theme 1: Social and historical importance of old-growth forests
Chair: John Spence


Keynote Address
The social and historical importance of old-growth forests
Peter Kanowski


Mysterium Tremendum: The Psychology of Reverence for Old Growth Forests
Kathryn Williams


Is beech native to Northern Europe? Evidence for close anthropogenic control of beech establishment in old-growth Scandinavian forests
Matts Lindbladh


Rotation of silver fir and European beech in Carpathians – developmental cycle or linear trend?
Tomas Vrska *, Libor Hort, Dusan Adam, Tomas Kolar


Old growth forests – ancient pieces in a modern jigsaw
Bob Hill




Theme 2: Biology of old-growth forests
Chair: John Hickey


Keynote Address
Perspectives on old growth - insights from mainland eastern Australia
David Lindenmayer


Keynote Address
Old-growth forests function and dynamics in southern South America
J Armesto *, A Gutierrez, C Smith-Ramirez, C Perez, I Diaz, C Cornelius, M Carmona, F Diaz, D Christie, M Willson


Keynote Address
Can native populations of long-lived forest trees adapt to rapidly changing climates?
Sally Aitken


Afternoon Tea


Theme 2: Biology of old-growth forests
Chair: Brad Potts


Genetics of a foundation tree species drives community structure, biodiversity, stability and ecosystem processes: The importance of a community genetics perspective in the dynamics of old growth forests
Thomas Whitham


Coarse woody debris, old trees and biodiversity conservation in production forests
Simon Grove *, Anna Hopkins, Katherine Harrison, Marie Yee, Lee Stamm, Tim Wardlaw, Caroline Mohammed


Old trees, flammable forests and global climate change
David Bowman


Close of Session




Government House Reception



Tuesday 19 February 2008


Theme 3: Long-term, multidisciplinary experiments
Chair: Tim Clancy


Keynote Address
Perspectives on Old Forests from the Pacific Northwest (USA) and Andrews Forest
Fred Swanson


Keynote Address
Long-term ecological research at Warra, Tasmania: the first fifteen years, and
what next?

Michael Brown*, Simon Grove
Honorary Research Associate, School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania, Australia


Ecological and aesthetic effects of variable-retention harvests in the North-western United States: Initial results from the DEMO study
Keith Aubry *, Charles Peterson


EMEND: A comparison of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on a forested boreal landscape
John Spence *, Jan Volney , David Langor, Ellen Macdonald


Developing variable retention silviculture in Tasmania
Robyn Scott


Morning Tea


Theme 4: Conservation and reserve management
Chair: David Bowman


Keynote Address
Conservation and management of rain forests in Southern Chile
Antonio Lara*, P Donoso, L Naheulhual

Institute of Silviculture,
University Austral de Chile, Santiago, Chile  


A comparison of old-growth ecology and conservation in the Pacific Northwest USA and Southeastern Australia
Thomas Spies


Maintaining forest structure in reserves: a case study of three Western Australian eucalypt forests
Jack Bradshaw


Old growth forest areas & their reservation status across Australia
Adam Gerrand, Stuart Davey, Tim Clancy*, Geoff Dunn


Lunch  & Poster Session


Concurrent Sessions

Chair: Alistair Richardson
Chair: Sally Aitken
Chair: Jayne Balmer


Lichens and bryophytes: little plants, big message
Gintaras Kantvilas*, Jean Jarman, Peter Minchin

Seed dispersal of the bird-dispersed tree Aextoxicon punctatum in old-growth forest fragments: A modelling approach
(c) Mariela Cecilia Nuńez Avila *, Maria Uriarte, Pablo Angel Marquet, Juan Jose Armesto

Long-term ecological experiments in NSW Forests
Rod Kavanagh *, Trent Penman, Bradley S Law


Phylogeography and refugia of disjunct populations of Eucalyptus regnans in south eastern Australia
Paul Nevill *, Gerd Bossinger, Peter Ades

Alternatives to Clearcutting in the Old-Growth Temperate Rainforests of Southeast Alaska
Michael McClellan *


Tree age as a key factor for the distribution of epiphytes in beech forest
Örjan Fritz*, Mats Niklasson, Marcin Churski

The breeding system of the forest giant, Eucalyptus regnans
Rod Griffin *, Craig Hardner, Peter Buxton, Brad Potts

Rethinking the paradigm of stand replacing wildfire in Tasmania's southern forests
Perpetua Turner *, Simon Grove, Chris Barry, Craig Airey


How well does aggregated retention cater for early and late successional macrofungi?
Genevieve Gates, David Ratkowsky*, Simon Grove
Managing complex forest tree gene pools: the case of Eucalyptus globulus in southeastern Australia
Miss Rebecca Jones *, Dorothy Steane, Bradley Potts, Assoc Rene Vaillancourt
Temperate overstorey eucalypt decline is related to altered vegetation dynamics and nutrient cycling in the long absence of fire
Dugald Close *, Neil Davidson


A coarse filter approach to conserving arthropod biodiversity in Canadian forests
David Langor*, James hammond, Greg Pohl
A species exposed: the hidden diversity in Eucalyptus globulus
Dorothy Steane *, Rebecca Jones, Tim Jones, Susan Foster, Greg Dutkowski, Gay McKinnon, René Vaillancourt, Brad Potts
The impact of timber harvesting on the size, amount, and decay status of large coarse woody debris in the jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forest
Kim Whitford


Factors influencing saproxylic beetle diversity in south Swedish beech forests
Jörg Brunet*, Gunnar Isacsson
Genetic diversity in Eucalyptus globulus  is affected by hybridisation with the rare species Eucalyptus cordata
Gay McKinnon *, Brad Potts
Quantifying the canopy nectar resource and the impact of logging and climate in eucalypt forests
Bradley Law *, Mark Chidel


The distribution of red-listed saproxylic beetles in old growth reserves and managed forests: implications for conservation
Joakim Hjältén
Chloroplast DNA reveals genetic legacy of ice ages in the rainforest species Nothofagus cunninghamii
James Worth *, Rene Vaillancourt, Greg Jordan, Gay McKinnon
An analysis of mixed forests under low stand density control and long-rotation silviculture
Tohru Nakajima *, Satoshi Tatsuhara, Norihiko Shiraishi


Living Eucalyptus obliqua trees and logs as habitat for wood-inhabiting fungi in southern Tasmania
Anna Hopkins*, Simon Grove, Tim Wardlaw, Caroline Mohammed

Genetics variation in Eucalyptus globulus drives forest community structure and ecosystem processes
Robert Barbour *, Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra, Miss Lynne Forster, Sue Baker, Miss Michelle Storer, Jennifer Schweitzer, Joe Bailey, Jonathan Humphreys, Jules Freeman, Rene Vaillancourt, Thomas Whitham, Brad Potts

The effects of silvicultural thinning on bird populations in Boola Boola State Forest, Victoria
Wendy Wright*, Rachel Barr


Afternoon Tea


Concurrent Sessions


Process & Structure
Chair: Chris Beadle
Conservation & Landscape Management
Chair: Andrew Blakesley


The role of old-growth forest in the global C-cycle
Ernst-Detlef Schulze *, Sebastiaan Luyssaert, John Grace
Landscape and Social Perceptions of Tasmania's Old Forest: Then and Now
Gwenda Sheridan


Assessing the Vulnerability of Victoria's Central Highland Forests to Climatic Change
Craig Nitschke *, Gordon Hickey, Rodney Keenan, Stefan Arndt

Management of old forests protected in National Parks and reserves in Tasmania
Peter Mooney*, Anni McCuaig, Adrian Pyrke, Jayne Balmer, Tim Rudman


Does the increasing concentration of atmospheric CO 2 mean more productive forests?
M. J. Hovenden

The importance of large scale interdisciplinary forestry experiments in providing information for emerging management issues in the Western United States
Charles Peterson*, P Anderson


Hydraulic architecture and transpiration of old-growth Eucalyptus marginata trees in south-western Australia
Craig Macfarlane *, Donald White, Richard Silberstein

Research informs the improvement of hollow tree retention measures in Tasmania’s production forests
Amelia Koch *, Sarah Munks



Water and stand management in the world's most productive temperate hardwood forests
Sebastian Pfautsch *, Tim Bleby, Heinz Rennenberg, Mark Adams

Conservation of threatened invertebrates in Tasmania’s production forests
Sarah Ann Munks, Phil Bell*, Karen Richards



Drought and topographic effects on ecosystem d2H, d13C and d18O and growth and hydrology of Eucalyptus nothofagus ecosystems at Mt Donna Buang, Victoria
Mark Adams *, Sebastian Pfautsch, Heinz Rennenberg, Chris Weston, Arthur Gessler

When nature takes over from man : how fast are old growth characteristics re-appearing in strict forest reserves in Flanders and North-West-Europe?
Kris Vandekerkhove *, Luc De Keersmaeker, Ruben Walleyn




Natural disturbances, light, regeneration and understorey plant species diversity in an old-growth Nothofagus betuloides forest
Alvaro Promis *, Albert Reif, Stefanie Gaertner, Gustavo Cruz

Measuring forest maturity within an experimental forest landscape to inform conservation planning in Tasmania
Marie Yee *, Ruiping Gao, Simon Grove, John Hickey


Methodology for modelling canopy structure: An exploratory analysis in the wet eucalypt forests of Tasmania
Ian Scanlan, Chris McElhinny
Presented by Perpetua Turner *
Restoration of secondary coast redwood forests, North-western California
Kevin O'Hara, Daniel Porter *, William Libby



1800 -


Poster Session / Wine and Cheese Evening




Wednesday 20 February 2008

0800 -


Conference Field Trip


1900 - 2330

Conference Dinner, Meadowbank Vineyard




Thursday 21 February 2008


Theme 5: Toward ecological silviculture
Chair: Tim Wardlaw


Keynote Address
Implementation and monitoring of variable retention harvesting in old growth forests of coastal British Columbia, Canada
William J (Bill) Beese
Forest Ecologist, Corporate Forestry, Western Forest Products Inc
British Columbia, Canada


The potential for uneven-aged silviculture in restoration and management of old forests
Kevin O'Hara, David Porter, William Libby


Forest management and conservation of Nothofagus forests in south Patagonia, Argentina
Pablo Luis Peri *, Guillermo Martinez Pastur, Maria Vanessa Lencinas


Process domains: a useful concept for characterizing disturbance and successional trajectories in temperate rain forests
Stephen Mitchell


Is single tree selection suitable for Tasmania’s wet eucalypt forests? Lessons from the European experience
Andreas Rothe *, Mark Neyland, John Hickey


Morning Tea


Concurrent Sessions


Ecological Silviculture
Chair: Kevin O'Hara
Forestry Management
Chair: Sean Riley
Management Regimes
Chair: Loren Kellogg


Feasibility of burning debris from forest harvested with the aggregated form of variable retention
Richard Chuter

Modelling of timber yield implications of Variable Retention
Michael McLarin

Designing old forest for the future: informing policy and practice
Richard Loyn *, Edward McNabb, Phoebe Macak


Stocking and early growth of the regeneration in the Warra silvicultural systems trial, Tasmania, Australia
Mark Neyland *, John Hickey, Juergen Bauhus, Chris Beadle, Neil Davidson, Leigh Edwrads

Researching high-value markets for eucalypt timber from old growth forests
Mark Leech

Learning from the past, surviving the present and managing for the future: Logging, Restoration and Conservation on the Tongass National Forest
Lisa Crone



Using variable retention harvesting to manipulate canopy species dominance and regeneration in Nothofagus-Ceratopetalum cool temperate rainforest
Ross Peacock

Timber from mature eucalypts: We like it and will miss it when its gone
Gregory Nolan

Design of variable retention harvesting and monitoring programs in old-growth Nothofagus pumilio forests of South Patagonia, Argentina
G. Martínez Pastur*, P.L. Peri, M.V. Lencinas, A.S. Moretto, J.M. Cellini, R. Soler Esteban


Variable retention and oldgrowth biodiversity: Forestry Tasmania’s goals and monitoring program
Sue Baker, Simon Grove, Steve Read, Tim Wardlaw*
The safety implications of aggregated retention harvesting in tall wet eucalypt forests in Tasmania, Australia
Greg Howard
Managing the tree hollow resource in the matrix:from guiding principles to on-ground practices
Sarah Ann Munks *, Mark Wapstra, Amelia Koch


Early responses of bird assemblages to clearfelling and its alternatives at Warra, Tasmania
Paul Lefort *, Simon Grove

Integrated farm forestry: Structure and diversity in five silvicultural regimes including old-growth E.obliqua forest, N. Tasmania
Greg Unwin *, John Lord, Arthur Lyons

Aligning social values and management of old forests
Rebecca Ford *, Kathryn Williams, Ian Bishop

Early responses of ground-active beetle assemblages to clearfelling and its alternatives at Warra, Tasmania
Simon Grove, Susan Baker*, Dick Bashford, Lynnette Forster, Kevin Bonham, Russel Lewis-Jones, Georgina Brown

Effect of agricultural land management on the health of old growth eucalypts in the Midlands of Tasmania
Neil Davidson *, Dugald Close, Michael Battaglia, Keith Churchill, Maria Ottenschlaeger, Tim Watson, Jody Bruce

A Western Australian Solution
Phil Shedley *, John Meachem
1220 Creating dead wood in commercial forests to mimic features in natural forest
Markus Abrahamsson *, Matts Lindbladh
Forestry and agriculture are coexistent issues in most countries in developing regions
Raquel Lopez, Paul LG Vlek, Eric Craswell*
Forest management and regulation in Gondwana's southern outposts: Tasmania and Tierra del Fuego
Fred Duncan*, Leonardo Collado, Gustavo Cruz
1235 Victorian Salvage Harvesting Prescriptions - Juggling timber and environmental recovery after megafire
Tuesday Phelan
Forest management based on traditional community in Papua, Indonesia
Paulus Mandibondibo




Theme 6: Shaping old-growth forest management regimes
Chair: Peter Kanowski

1350 Ecosystem-based management in British Columbia, Canada's coastal temperate rainforests
Andy MacKinnon


Evolving Management of Tasmania’s Tall Old Growth Forests
John Hickey


Combining old-growth, regrowth and plantation timber for sustainable trade

Ivan Tomaselli


Keynote Address
Age discrimination - A regulatory dilemma

Graham Wilkinson
Chief Forest Practices Officer
Forest Practices Authority, Tasmania, Australia


Keynote Address
New Solutions for Old Growth?
Benjamin Cashore
Professor, Environmental Policy and Governance and Political Science;
Director, Program on Forest Policy and Governance
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


Afternoon Tea


Chair: Steve Read

- Old forest conservation and restoration - David Bowman

- New management paradigms for sustainable timber harvesting - Bill Beese

- Future of old forests - Pablo Peri


Closing Plenary Address
Silviculture for old-growthness
Prof Juergen Bauhus*, Klaus Puettmann, Christian Messier