August 2014 Non-fiction CSIRO

Flooded Forest and Desert Creek: Ecology and History of the River Red Gum Matthew J Colloff

Hardback | Aug 2014 | CSIRO Publishing | 9780643109193 | 344pp | 245x170mm | GEN | AUD$69.95, NZD$84.99

The river red gum has the most widespread natural distribution of any Eucalyptus species; from Geraldton to Grafton, from the Yorke Peninsula to the Cape York Peninsula. As extensive forest and woodland it forms the structural and functional elements of important floodplain and wetland ecosystems.

This tree has played a central role in the tension between economy, society and environment. Since the 1870s it has been the subject of repeated government enquiries over its conservation, use and management. We have now begun to move from a culture of wholesale exploitation of river red gum forests and woodlands to one of sustainable uses and conservation. The author traces this shift through the depiction of river red gums and inland floodplains in art, literature and the media.