84 Australian Geographic
PHOTO CREDITS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: KERRY TRAPNELL / THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY; AUSCAPE/CONTRIBUTOR/GETTY; AUSCAPE/IUG/GETTY; AUSCA
Thousands of hectares of remnant
eucalypt forest were bulldozed
in 2015 on Olive Vale station,
Queensland, to create fields for
crops to feed livestock.
Clearing of box gum grassy woodlands, like this one in south-
eastern Australia, was done on a widespread basis during the
19th and 20th centuries to make way for grazing lifestock.
Revegetation (top) has been one response to land clearing.
Medium-sized mammals, such as bettongs (above), are
important ‘ecological engineers’ that disappear along with forests.
Seventy-three per cent
of land clearing in
Queensland is linked