A Long-Term Experimental Case Study of the Ecological Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of Invasive Plant Management in Achieving Conservation Goals: Bitou Bush Control in Booderee National Park in Eastern Australia
David B Lindenmayer, Jeff Wood, Christopher MacGregor, Yvonne M Buckley, Nicholas Dexter, Martin Fortescue, Richard J Hobbs, Jane A Catford
PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015
Invasive plant management is often justified in terms of conservation goals, yet progress is rarely assessed against these broader goals, instead focussing on short-term reductions of the invader as a measure of success. Key questions commonly remain unanswered including whether invader removal reverses invader impacts and whether management itself has negative ecosystem impacts. We addressed these knowledge gaps using a seven year experimental investigation of Bitou Bush, Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata. Our case study took advantage of the realities of applied management interventions for Bitou Bush to assess whether it is a driver or passenger of environmental change, and qua..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
Funding for this work was provided to DBL from Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP0989292. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.