Margaret Cawsey works at the Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems (GPO Box 284, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia. Tel. +61-2-6242 1628. Fax: +61-2-6242 1565. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). David Freudenberger is the Director of Science and Major Projects for Greening Australia (PO Box 74, Yarralumla, ACT 2600, Australia. Tel. +61-2-6281 8585. Fax: +61-2-6281 8590. Email: email@example.com).
Assessing the biodiversity benefits of plantations: The Plantation Biodiversity Benefits Score
Article first published online: 18 MAR 2008
© 2008 Ecological Society of Australia
Ecological Management & Restoration
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 42–52, April 2008
How to Cite
Cawsey, E. M. and Freudenberger, D. (2008), Assessing the biodiversity benefits of plantations: The Plantation Biodiversity Benefits Score. Ecological Management & Restoration, 9: 42–52. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2008.00386.x
- Issue published online: 18 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 18 MAR 2008
- assessment of biodiversity;
- biodiversity benefits;
- commercial environmental forestry;
Summary All forests, including commercial plantations, provide a range of habitats for conserving and enhancing elements of native biodiversity. However, the biodiversity values of commercial plantations will depend on the management practices adopted on site, as well as the landscape context of the plantation. The present study describes a generic, quantitative method for assessing the potential biodiversity benefits that might be derived from a plantation, depending on the management practices adopted. This method is based on existing ecological design and management principles. The Plantation Biodiversity Benefits Score (PBBS) was designed to be repeatable and practical to apply. The method can be used either as a stand-alone tool or as part of an integrated framework to assess and compare the commercial and environmental benefits that can be derived from different layouts, management practices and locations of plantations anywhere in Australia.